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Mary Ethel Swindle

September 18, 1935 ~ December 3, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Mary Swindle Obituary

Obituary 

Mrs. Mary E. Swindle, a resident of Wetumpka, Alabama transitioned this life 

peacefully on December 3, 2023, (following a brief illness) at the age of 88.  Mary 

was born in Elmore County Alabama on September 18, 1935, to the late James L. 

Gilbert and Jessie L. Austin.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Goldberg 

Swindle, her son Patrick Gilbert, grandson Joshua McKethern; two brothers: 

Bobby Austin and Sherman Cunningham, three sisters: Dorothy Green, Jean 

James and Jesselene Jackson.   Mary “Big Mama” and “Nanny” as she was called 

by her grandchildren, loved God and her Church family.  She was the head cook at 

Valleybrook Nursing Home for many years.  Mary attended Elmore County 

Training School. Her hobbies included cooking, fishing, and feeding her 

hummingbirds.  Mary is survived by her beloved children;  five sons: Timothy 

Gilbert, Kenneth (Diann) Gilbert, Vincent (Linda) Swindle, Stanley Swindle and 

Phillip Swindle;  four daughters: Wanda (Richard) Gilbert Steele, Vanessa Gill, 

Valerie (Curtis) Cook and Vassie (Andrew) Foster; one special son Haywood 

(Teresa) Robbins, her brother, McKinley (Lillie) Cunningham, three sisters: Linda 

Cunningham, Carolyn Malloy, and Charlotte Austin; twenty-nine grandchildren, 

forty-three great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other 

relatives and friends.  Three special friends: Mrs. Laverne Hollenquest, Mrs. 

Ozella Mitchell and Mrs. Jackie Lacey. 

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
December 15, 2023

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Liberty Mortuary LLC
205 Lancaster
Wetumpka, AL 36092

Funeral Service
Saturday
December 16, 2023

1:00 PM
Mt Canaan Baptist Church
1125 Weoka RD
Wetumpka, AL 36092

Committal
Saturday
December 16, 2023

2:00 PM
Mt Canaan Baptist Church
1125 Weoka RD
Wetumpka, AL 36092

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