Betty Bill Swift, 92, died March 8, 2020, at Life Care Center of Burlington. She was born April 22, 1927, in Wonsevu, to Fred and Alta (Sidner) Payton. Betty attended school in Cedar Point then moved to Strong City Grade and High School. She was a hard worker and loved gardening, canning, and being a farm wife. Betty was a Sunday school teacher for 39 years, enjoyed giving permanents to her friends and family, and was a member of the New Century Club. Betty and her husband were the Matfield Green Cemetery caretakers for many years.
On August 1, 1944, she married Charles W. Swift at the courthouse in Cottonwood Falls. They shared 74 years and 3 months of marriage before he died on October 25, 2018.
Betty is survived by: grandchildren, Teresa Campbell and husband Greg of Cottonwood Falls, Jesse Long and wife Darla of Burlington; 6 great grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; siblings, Wayne Payton of Abilene, and Alice Childs of Cottonwood Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Iota Smith, Ruth Knab, Percy Payton, Pauline Pinkston; son, Charles Hugh Swift; and daughter, Delores Long.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, with Pastor Dave Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Matfield Green Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020, at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Matfield Green Community Building, in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220 Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845.
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