Burdell ‘Dell’ Swain

Elvia Burdell “Dell” Borders Swain, 92, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014, at home.

Services for Mrs. Swain will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home with her son, Jimmy Swain officiating assisted by Bishop Roger Snell. Burial will follow in Frankfort Cemetery.  Friends and family may call at the funeral home Friday from 5-7 p.m.

Mrs. Swain was born February 11, 1922, in Vine Grove, KY to Lonnie Lee and Ada Gerania Miller Borders. She met and married Marshall E. Swain in 1940 and they shared over 53 years of marriage until his death in 1993. After their children were born, she enrolled and graduated from Kentucky State University and completed her graduate work at Eastern Kentucky University.  She was a retired teacher and a consultant with the Department of Education, Kentucky State Government.

Mrs. Swain was a former member of Crestwood Baptist Church and First Baptist Church and enjoyed serving as a Sunday school teacher in both churches. Her life focus was her love of the Lord and fostering the same love and devotion in her children. She respected every living thing and believed all people were God’s children. Dell was a poet, artist, historian and avid journalist.She loved birds, cats, nature, music, flowers, dancing, Frankfort, KY and Harry Connick Jr.! 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three children, Bonnie, Marsha and Sammy Swain; and two grandchildren, Major Kenneth R. Miller and Margaret Dawn Miller.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and her memory will be cherished by her children, Nancy Swain, Jimmy Swain, Martina Glasgow (Jim); grandchildren, Tommy Miller, Robbie and Renee` Cabe, Nicholas and Tony Leber, Rosemary Brunton, Saulomon Swain, Katie Barnard-Oliver, Virgil “Ty” Barnard IV; great-grandchildren, Tommy and Kenny Miller, Josie Brunton, Emily Goins, Dylan Glasgow, Ana Keller and Athan Barnard.  Her sister, Wanda Triplett, also survives.

Pallbearers are Tom Miller, Virgil “Ty” Barnard IV, Saulomon Swain, Clay Brunton, John Hay and Scotty Rowe.Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Swain, James Glasgow, Nicholas Leber and Tony Leber. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home.

Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at  www.harrodbrothers.com.

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  • Thank you Mrs. Swain. You made second grade at Murrary Street School a very enjoyable year.