Funeral services for Betty L. Swift, 85, of East Moline, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday prior to services at the funeral home. Mrs. Swift died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at her daughter's home in Moline. Memorials may be made to the family. Betty Riley was born on Sept. 8, 1927, in Whiting, Iowa, the daughter of William and Lulu Archer Riley. She married Glen David Swift on Oct. 21, 1947, in Sioux City, Iowa. He died on Oct. 26, 1997. She worked as a housekeeper at Illini Hospital, Silvis. She had been an active member of the Church of the Nazarene, Moline, and their missionary work. She enjoyed making sculptured dolls. Betty was a people person. She loved being with her friends and family. Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Laird, Mesa, Ariz., Patricia Ann Davis, East Moline, Donna Hahn, East Moline, Gail (Gary) Meyers, Moline; sons, Keith Swift, Peoria, Ill., Dennis Swift, Davenport, Greg Swift, East Moline, Gary Swift, East Moline, and Billy Swift, East Moline; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald Riley, Gulf Port, Miss., and Marvin Riley, Milan; special friend, Leah Lorenson, East Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Elaine Gano; and brother, LeRoy Ferdig. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.