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“Sherry, Janet, and Patty, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ernie Tilley - Springfield, OH

“I met Fredna twice during my thirty eight years of marriage (so far) to her nephew, Bruce Maerker. As we were leaving the last time, she gave me the...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Ixchel Maerker - Prescott, AZ

“Sherry,Janet and PattySo sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I wish I could have been there in person but didn't see the obituary until today. My...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Paul Brown - Jackson, OH

“Many memories to hold on to - when I think of all the trips back to Ohio with Mom and Aunt Bertie, I can still hear your laugh and see your smile - I...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Beth Anderson (Maerker) - Everson, WA

“Andrea, We are so sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Doug and Sarah Wooten - Friend

“Fredna Mae was such a sweet and gentle Lady. I will miss her smile when I greeted her in church. I pray God will bless her family with His comfort,...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Janet Hayes - JACKSON, OH

“I have so many good memories at my Aunt Fredna's home on our many summer trips from Tucson. She was a great mother and Aunt and the world is a...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Barry Maerker - San Tan Valley, AZ

“I always remember Aunt Fredna's laugh, particularly, as a little kid, when she was cleaning fresh cow pie from my ear after I fell. She was loved...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Bruce Maerker - Prescott, AZ

“Sherry, Tracy and family, John and I are sorry to hear about your mothers passing. She had lived a long and wonderful life..... ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Phyllis Crabtree - Elkhart, In

“Sorry for your loss ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: John Smith - Jackson, OH - Friend

“I always remember coming to your home and what a wonderful cook your Mom was. I always enjoyed spending the night and all the fun we girls had at...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Bierhup - Wellston, OH


The Lord brought Fredna Mae (McKinniss) Swaney into the world on October 29, 1919 and took her home on December 22, 2017, at the age of 98, to be with Him eternally. She was born in Coal Township, Jackson County, Ohio to the late Harry C. McKinniss and Lizzie Childers McKinniss. Fredna graduated with the class of 1937 from Coalton High School. She was a loving homemaker, wife and mother, who over the years was also employed as a seamstress at Hercules Trouser Co. in Wellston, a clerk at Stiffler's Department Store in Wellston and Elberfelds and G.C. Murphy's, both in Jackson. Fredna loved sewing, working outside in her flower and vegetable gardens and reading. She also enjoyed watching the birds and singing, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Fredna was a member of the Evergreen Baptist Church and attended both, the Coalton Baptist Church and the Crossroads Baptist Church in Robin, North Carolina. She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Brown (Tracy) of Carthage, North Carolina, Janet Creamer (Donn) of Ray and Patty Stevens (Tom) of Wellston; grandchildren, Tim Brown (Chris), Shawn Brown, Brandon Brown, Aaron Brown (Ashley), Derek Creamer (Anna), Lacy Pittenger (Scott) and Andrea Hill (Tim); sister, Berta McKinniss of Tucson, Arizona, as well as 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Fredna was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Wayne Swaney in 1999; her son, Larry Dean Swaney, a casualty of the Vietnam War in 1968; brothers, Paul, Charles, Wayne, Oakley and Robert McKinniss; and her sister, Martha Maerker. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Funeral service will be Wednesday at 11 A.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Holyfield and Pastor Andy Rawlins officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

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