Stella Swisher

Stella Marie Swisher passed away on October 11, 2020 at Diversicare of Council Grove. She was born October 23, 1924 to Emory and LuLu Brownell in Wilsey, Kansas.

On March 25, 1944, she married Clyde Swisher in Wichita, KS and made their home in Wilsey, farming on the family farmstead. They had three children: Phillip, Jeffery and Cindy.

Stella was a member of the Wilsey Christian Church. She was in several different card clubs. Her enjoyment came from working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She canned 100’s of quarts of vegetables each year for her family. Stella was an excellent seamstress and quilter, as well as an exceptional cook. She worked at White Memorial Camp, Council Grove school cafeteria and Dolly Madison. After Clyde retired in 1972, they moved to Council Grove. Stella loved her family; spending time with her children and grandchildren brought her the most joy.

Stella is preceded in death by her parents; husband Clyde; son Phillip Swisher; granddaughter Jessica Swisher; brothers: Harold and Lester Brownell; sisters: Irene Roberts, Harriette Daines, Hazel Blaylock and Frances Ferguson.

She is survived by her daughter Cindy Obee and husband Don of Emporia and son Jeff Swisher, of McPherson; grandchildren: John Swisher, Nathon Daniels, Jason Swisher, Joseph Swisher, Colby Hayes and step-grandson Jeff Parker; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Eldon Brownell, of Biggs, CA; and sisters Helen Hewitt, of Norwich and Shirley Belew, of Mulvane.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., October 19, 2020, at Wilsey Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Wilsey Christian Church and sent in care of Sawyer Funeral Home, Box 273, Council Grove, KS 66846.

Please sign the online guestbook and leave a memory of Stella at

Council Grove Republican

P.O. Box 237

302 W. Main

Council Grove, KS 66846

Phone: (620) 767-5123

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