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Obituary of Linda Anne Adams Swittenberg
Linda Swittenberg, 65, of Lexington, South Carolina, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2023.
A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 3:00 pm at Platt Springs United Methodist Church, 3215 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, South Carolina, with Reverend Debbie Miller officiating and Reverend Michael Hood, assisting. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends in the Platt Springs UMC Fellowship Hall.
Mrs. Swittenberg was born in York, South Carolina, on February 7, 1958. She was preceded in death by her parents Sarah Anne Stanton Adams and Gerald Neill “Catfish” Adams, her mother-in-law Cleone Elizabeth Long Swittenberg and her father-in-law William Curry Swittenberg. She was also preceded in death by aunts and uncles, Earl Stanton (Kay), Diane Stillwell Stanton (Fred), Sam and Elsie Adams, Rev. Larry and Eleanor Jenkins, and Hugh Robinson (Jane).
Linda is survived by her daughter Sarah Elizabeth Swittenberg Shuler (Richard), West Columbia, SC, brother Mike Adams (Tammy), North Myrtle Beach, SC, sister Mary Helen Adams Allen (Mike), Clover, SC, nephews Stanton Adams, Washington, DC, Eli Allen and Adam Allen, Clover, SC, and niece Sydney Adams, Davidson, NC. Also surviving are her aunts and uncles, Fred Stanton, Columbia, SC, Sylvia Stanton Bowman (Lonnie), Columbia, SC, Kay Tolbert Stanton, Aiken, SC, Bill Stanton (Beth), Clinton, SC, Steve Stanton (Phyllis), Clover, SC, Margaret Stanton Boyd (Robbie), Clover, SC, Jane Adams Robinson, Clover, SC.
Linda was the oldest of the three siblings, raised in Clover, SC. She was actively involved in the Clover First United Methodist Church throughout her young life and later enjoyed working with her father at the local Community Cash grocery store. Linda was active in the Clover Jaycees where she met, and eventually married, Billy Swittenberg, of Newberry, SC, on June 8, 1985. Linda and Billy’s marriage was one of total commitment, devotion, and absolute adoration for each other. Mark 10:6-8, no verse applies more aptly, “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one. So, they are no longer two but one.”
Following her marriage to Billy in 1985, she transferred to Platt Springs UMC where they faithfully served for nearly forty years. During her years at Platt Springs, Linda continuously served on various committees and held many positions, including and most proudly, her work with children and youth. While she was involved in many components of the church, she was most endeared to her service to the children and youth. If the doors of the church were open, Linda and Billy were likely pulling in with a van filled with supplies for the occasion.
Linda attended Bethel Elementary School and graduated from Clover High School in 1976. Following high school, she earned her teaching certification and her Master’s Plus Thirty in Education from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC. Her life work included, most fondly, raising
their daughter Sarah, teaching at Kinard Elementary in Clover, SC, and Claude A Taylor in Cayce, SC, until her retirement. She was remembered for doing anything and everything a child needed. No child in her class, or often, the school, went without something they needed if Linda was aware. Her heart was incredibly generous, and her actions matched her heart. Not surprisingly, Linda was named Teacher of the Year in each district. Linda’s enthusiasm to do good work for others was contagious, as many of her co-workers, friends, and church family have attested. Esphesians 6:7 represents Linda accurately, “Do your work with enthusiasm. Work as if you were serving the Lord, not as if you were serving only men and women.”
Linda and her husband Billy expanded their family with the beauty of chosen grandchildren: Jacob Kessel, Dima Busby, Madison and John Hannon, Everly and Bodie Guffey, Julia, Jacob, and Mia Guffey. Linda and Billy were affectionately known to these grands as “Nina” and “Bibi” and these children were a very bright spot in their everyday lives.
Sarah and Richard, along with the rest of Linda’s family, greatly appreciate those who generously reached out through texts, calls, cards, and gestures of kindness, especially recently.
Memorials may be sent to:
Celebration of Life