KEWANEE - Merriam E. Swearingen, 76, of Kewanee, died at 12:00 AM, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday, August 3 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens.
She was born January 1, 1936 in Kewanee, the daughter of Melvin and Edna (Lewis) Piester. She married Lonnie Swearingen on June 4, 1955 in Leonore, IL. He survives, as do three daughters, Rose (Jim) Peed of Kewanee, Robin (Bruce) Allen of Lexington, IN and Kay (Chuck) Desmond of Plainfield, IL, three brothers, Donnie (Cathy) Piester and Gary (Brenda) Piester, both of Kewanee and Francis (Debbie) Piester of LaFayette, a sister, Janet Quanstrom of Kewanee, seven grandchildren, Jason (Holly) Peed, Timothy Peed and Eric (Jessica) Peed, all of Kewanee, Shelley Shriey of Manhattan, IL, Elisha (Eric) Foster and Michael Desmond, both of Plainfield, IL and Elizabeth Allen of Lexington, IN and thirteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, James Piester and Charles Piester in infancy and two sisters, Kay Marie Piester and Ruth Ann Vandemark.
Merriam graduated from Kewanee High School in 1954. She was a homemaker who took care of everybody. Her door was always open and many people considered her mom. She was a die-hard Cubs fan and enjoyed playing bingo. She especially enjoyed her family.