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Clarabel "Swaney" Reed - November 28, 2013


Clarabel “Swaney” Reed was born on April 21, 1922 in Lexington, Neb. She was the oldest of four children born to Dewey and Bessie Mueller Swanson. She grew up and attended school in Lexington where she graduated in 1940. After graduation she attended the Omaha Capital Beauty Academy. She moved to Grant, Neb. where she met Delwyn Victor Reed.
Vic and Swaney were married in Ogallala, Neb. on March 9, 1943. Swaney travelled with Vic when he was in training to different military bases during World War II where she worked as a beautician. Swaney returned to Ogallala when Vic was deployed to Guam in the Pacific Theater.
After Vic’s discharge they moved to their farm southeast of Grant. Vic died in 2003 and She later moved to Park Ridge Assisted Living and then to Golden Ours Convalescent Home where she died early Saturday morning, Nov. 23, 2013. She had reached the age of 91.
Swaney was a good homemaker and she enjoyed cooking and sewing. Swaney was a member of the Grant United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. She belonged to the American Legion Auxillary and the V.F.W. Auxillary where she held state offices. She had been a member of the TexasTrail Extension Club and was a driving force in the area’s Christian Women’s Club.
In addition to her parents and husband, Swaney was preceded in death by one brother, Delmer Swanson; one sister, Thelma Cane, and a granddaughter, Melissa Snogren.
She is survived by one son, Dennis and wife Dorothy Reed of Lacey, Wash.; two daughters, Glenda and Leonard Taylor and Vicki and Rod Snogren, all of Ogallala; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren; her brother Phil and wife Myrna Swanson of Estherville, Iowa; a step-brother, Dan and wife Dana Swanson of Des Moines, Iowa; a nephew, Mark and wife Lena Reed of Scottsbluff; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were set for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Battello officiating.
Burial is in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the church.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.