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 Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.