Leola Swearingen, 86, of Kamiah passed away, Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Minnie Leola Swearingen was born May 9, 1933, to Charles and Clara Hill James in Little Rock, Wash. At the age of 16 her father took a logging job in the Clearwater Valley. The family moved to a cabin on 6 Mile creek just outside Kamiah. Leola met John Elvin Swearingen and a year later they were married. Leola was a dedicated wife and mother. While John worked she took care of the family and home. They moved several times over the years but always remained in the Clearwater Valley.
Leola enjoyed fishing and being in the outdoors. She was a great cook and was known for her homemade bread. But most of all, she loved her family, children and especially her grandchildren. One of her favorite things was to give the grandkids their first bath in her tub. She is loved and will be missed by all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband John Elvin Swearingen, a son Larry Swearingen, her sister Winnie Swearingen, and her parents.
She is survived by her sister Ona Burnside, two sons, John (Karen) Swearingen and David (Joann) Swearingen, two daughters, Judy (Mike) Swearingen and Shirley (Chris) Rieger, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The graveside funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.trenaryfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been made through Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.