Virginia “Jeanie” Swift, 93, Hays, died Friday, March 2, 2018 at her home.
She was born June 27, 1924, in Hays, to Alois and Caroline (Befort) Engel.
On Dec. 20, 1941, she married Robert M. “Bob” Swift in Hays. He preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 2005. She was a meat wrapper at Dillons and U-Save grocery stores, was a cook and volunteer at the Hays VFW, and was a demonstration lady at Walmart.
She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and a former member and officer with the Women’s Bowling Association.
Her hobbies included being an avid bowler, following the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, and playing cards and bingo. She enjoyed playing softball in her youth, was outgoing and enjoyed people, was a woman of strong faith, and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Robert “Bob” Swift and wife, Sondra, Hays; two grandchildren, Shawn Swift, Hays, and Stacy Hammeke and husband, Joe, Hutchinson; a brother, Al Engel and wife, Ann, McPherson; and a sister; Dorothy Bahl and husband, Kerry, Pleasanton, Calif. ; and four great-grandchildren, Emily, Kaleb, Lucas, and Blake Hammeke, all of Hutchinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son; Gary Lee Swift; six brothers, Eugene Engel, Julius “Lefty” Engel, Alvin “Whitey” Engel, Jacob “Jake” Engel, Victor “Vic” Engel, and Robert Engel; and four sisters, Martina Engel, Bernice “Bea” Cochran, Irene Stafford, and Mary Agnes Wenrich.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A VFW Auxiliary rosary will be at 6 p.m. followed by a vigil at 6:30 p.m. Monday, both at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Hays Community Assistance Center in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.