Joyce Darlene (Beitz) Swails, 91, St. Charles, MO, formerly of Kearney, MO 1976-2014, passed to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at her home after a long illness with heart failure. Her beloved husband, Kenneth of almost 70 yrs, and daughters, Susan and Sharon were at her side.
Joyce was born Nov. 13, 1927, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Elmer William and Mildred Irene (Dykes) Beitz. Joyce enjoyed her lifelong relationship with her siblings Juanita Meryl Nordeen, Warren Gregory Beitz and Ronald Edward Beitz. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church, being the fourth generation through her maternal side. Joyce graduated from Graceland College, School of Nursing, at the Independence School of Nursing. She married Kenneth Jay Swails from Clarksdale, MO, Dec. 27, 1949.
Her life was filled with serving her Heavenly Father through her medical knowledge, volunteering with church and children’s activities, supporting her husband, Kenneth, with his Farmland Industries, INC, and church appointed duties. She taught her daughters the importance of prayer and faith in God’s teachings. She was known as a loving, sensitive person, generous with time and devotion.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Greg; her son, Steven Edwin Swails; and her granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Toebben.
Survivors include her beloved husband, Kenneth J. Swails; daughters, Susan J. (Eisler) Mack (Doug, Flora, IL) and Sharon K. (Toebben) Abbott (Brian, St. Charles, MO); proud grandsons, Timothy G. Eisler, Maj. Steven M. Toebben, USAF, and Daniel S. Eisler. Her step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also acknowledge the love she shared with them.
The family will have her private interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Stewartsville, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community of Christ Health Ministries Association, c/o Scholarships for Indigenous Healthcare Education: Community of Christ Health Ministries Association, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO, 64050-3562.