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In Memory of

Avis Mundy Swartz

January 21, 1914 - November 28, 2016

Obituary


Avis Mundy Swartz, 102, died November 28, 2016 at Bridgewater Home, Bridgewater, Va. She was born January 21, 1914, the fourth child of the late Charles Samuel and Letitia Wampler Mundy. From the time she was a youth until a debilitating illness in late years, her life was full, energetic, and inspirational. At the age of twelve she drove a farm milk truck 14 miles from Edom to Madison College in Harrisonburg. She also worked in the office of C. S. Mundy Quarries upon graduation from high school and before enrolling at Bridgewater College from...

Avis Mundy Swartz, 102, died November 28, 2016 at Bridgewater Home, Bridgewater, Va. She was born January 21, 1914, the fourth child of the late Charles Samuel and Letitia Wampler Mundy. From the time she was a youth until a debilitating illness in late years, her life was full, energetic, and inspirational. At the age of twelve she drove a farm milk truck 14 miles from Edom to Madison College in Harrisonburg. She also worked in the office of C. S. Mundy Quarries upon graduation from high school and before enrolling at Bridgewater College from which she graduated in 1935.

In 1936 she married George Wilson Swartz, who preceded her in death. Together they had long careers in education, George in administration and Avis a secondary and elementary teacher. Avis began her teaching career at Singer's Glen High School where she taught French and English and also coached basketball and softball, directed drama, and was librarian. Subsequently she taught at Craigsville Elementary, New Hope Elementary, Beverly Manor Elementary, Glade Spring Elementary, Abingdon Elementary, and Bon Air Elementary, all in Virginia. She loved children and for most of her career she taught first grade.

Avis was active in a number of Churches of the Brethren in her lifetime. At the time of her death she was a contributing member of Summerdean Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Virginia. She was a good cook, an avid reader, a generous hostess, and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include two sons, Fred Wilson Swartz of Bridgewater and Ned Kent Swartz of Richmond, both of whom Avis supported and encouraged to achieve earned doctoral degrees in their respective vocations, ministry and education; Fred's and Ned's wives, Nancy Clements Swartz and Linda Christopher Swartz; four grandchildren, Connie Marie Swartz Ketten and husband Tim, Terrie Lynn Swartz Cox and husband Sonny, Karen Elizabeth Swartz Osborn and husband Brian, Laura Anne Swartz Dunham and husband Jason; five great-grandchildren, Josie Ketten, Meredith Ketten, Rose Cox, Clark Cox, and Natalie Dunham, and many nephews and nieces. A sixth great-grandchild is due in May.

In addition to her parents and husband, Avis was preceded in death by two brothers, Theodore Mundy and Dee Mundy, and one sister, Nellie Mundy Wampler.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., in the Lantz Chapel at Bridgewater Retirement Village with the Rev. David R. Miller officiating. A light supper will be provided for all in attendance following the service. The family can be greeted either before the service or at the supper. Interment will be at Mill Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery for family only.

The family expresses sincere gratitude for the wonderful care Avis received from the staff of Bridgewater Home Unity House and for all the many well wishes and prayers lifted on her behalf. Memorial gifts may be made to the George W. and Avis Mundy Swartz Endowed Scholarship Fund at Bridgewater College. Checks can be made to Bridgewater College with the notation "Swartz Fund," and sent to Development Office, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812-1599.

Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements.