Erma I. Swift, 86, of New Castle, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at her home, with her family by her side. She was born on June 6, 1933, in Albany, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Claude and Callie (Cooper) Sidwell.
Erma was a true example of a Proverbs 31 woman. She loved the Lord, loved her family and loved others. She enjoyed music, singing in the choir and playing the piano at her church. At the time of her death, she was a faithful member of Charity Baptist Church. She and Bill were also known for their big garden and their annual yard sales. Her family remembers her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who truly had a servant’s heart.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Barbara (Greg) Martin of Greenville, SC, and a son, Joe (Susan) Swift of New Castle; five grandchildren, Ryan (Amy) Dice of New Salem, IL, Josh (Tara) Dice of Athens, AL, Jessica (Josh) Collins of Greenville, SC, Ashley (Lucas) Morris of New Castle and Molly Swift of New Castle; six great grandchildren, Adlin Dice, Kaden Dice, Kinley Dice, Ashton Collins, Alex Collins and Finn Morris; sister, Effie Clark of Newport Richey, FL; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clay M. “Bill” Swift, a daughter, Linda Dice; a granddaughter, Stephanie Martin; several brothers and sisters, Lucy Barnett, Eula Walker Timmons, Stafford Sidwell, Johnny Sidwell, Mary Walker, Calvin Sidwell, Stanley Sidwell, Anna Mae Hancock, and Bill Sidwell.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2020, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Charity Baptist Church in New Castle with Pastor Larrel Boling officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hills Memory Gardens in New Castle. Any memorial contributions may be made to Charity Baptist Church, 1518 West Railroad Street, New Castle, IN, 47362. . You may express condolences, share a memory, send a “Hug from Home” or view the service live at www.hinsey-brown.com.