Funeral services for Winifred Rachel “Winnie” (Hayford) Swartz, 89, of Sperry, were held Thursday, November 5, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Sperry, OK. Reverend Andy Anquoe officiated and burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in Sperry, OK. Casket bearers were Michael Jay, Calvin, David, B.J., Christopher, Brian and Michael Alan. Honorary casket bearers were Winnie’s Sunday school class.
Winnie was born November 29, 1925 in Valentine, NE to Orville Granderson “O.G.” and Minnie Grace (Johnson) Hayford. She passed away November 1, 2015 in Vinita, OK.
Winnie was the youngest of 12 children and was raised in Valentine, NE. She married Jay C. Swartz on February 4, 1961. He preceded her in death by 5 years, and 2 weeks. Winnie had six children, Winnie, Bill, Danny, Carol, Debbie, and Alan. She was a wonderful woman with an extremely active lifestyle. Winnie was active with the pep squad, band, and friends of the library, Rebekah’s church and many more activities.
She is survived by her children, Winnie Clark, Bill Springer and wife Connie, Debbie (Roller) Williams and husband Jim, and Alan Swartz; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, O.G. and Minnie Hayford; husband, Jay C. Swartz; and children, Danny Springer, as an infant, and Carol Steen.