Dr. Mary Frances Bethea Swann, our dear Mother was called to her eternal rest on Friday February 19, 2021. Her life began on May 3, 1935 with Mrs. Easter Mae Bethea Jones and Mr. Jack Page as her parents. Both preceded her in death. Mary was the oldest of her siblings and she often spoke with pride of how she loved them and had a hand in their growing up. She was raised and educated in Robeson County graduating with the class of 1954 from Rosenwald High School in Fairmont. She was an exceptional student.
Dr. Swann was a lady of many talents. She was a loving mother and a dedicated grandmother, sister, aunt, whose legacy with her family will be to love and support one another; celebrate family and be the best at however you choose to spend your life. Make a difference with the talents you have.
Dr. Swann earned several Degrees through the education systems during her travels. She was a licensed Cosmetologist and owned and operated her own beauty shop for years; She was a Teacher in the public schools in Robeson, Cumberland and Scotland County’s and influenced the lives of many students. Her ability to bond with kids was exceptional which made her work easier. She was certified in interior decorating and made some beautiful creations. She loved collecting antiques and growing flowers as well. A perfect weekend for Dr. Swann would be to pack up her car and head to her “Place at the Beach”. She loved to cook and enjoyed making full meals and having family come to dine with her. She was a fun-loving and caring person with outstanding qualities and character.
She was committed to serving. Knowing this day would surely come; she accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and never turned back. She practiced the teachings and precepts of Jesus Christ and taught her household to do the same. At the time of her death she was a dedicated active church member of the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Rockingham where she held many positions. She served as Deaconess chairperson ; Christian Education Chairperson; Served as President of Missionary Department where she gave birth to the “Prayer Breakfast”; State Memorial Chairperson; Member of the Executive Board; Corresponding Secretary; and at the time of her death she was the Deaconess Fellowship Chairperson. Member of Palestine Chapter of Order of Eastern Star; Former president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Pee Dee Association; served as President and Dean of Congress of Christian Education; She represented her church in the General Baptist State Convention, adorned in her beautiful hats and outfits”. She was also entrusted with the highly esteemed position of the Chairperson of the Democratic Women of Richmond County.
Dr. Swann was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters Carolyn Thomas and Yvonne Hamilton.
She remains in the hearts of those who loved her most: her three sons; Kenneth Pittman of the home, Bruno Pittman of Fayetteville, NC and Dale (Rhonda) Pittman of Texas. Three daughters: Ramona (Raymond T Burns III) Burns of Hamlet; Wanda Pittman of Fayetteville, NC and Shelia (Johnny) Coleman of Texas, Sisters: Lisa Jones of Columbia, SC, Esther Moody of Canada, Nellie G. Berry of Delray Beach Fla. , Mary Lou (Robert) Taylor of Lake View, SC, Eva Sewright of Columbia, SC, Cynthia (Norris) Singletary of Timmonsville, SC, Brothers; Lester (Sheryl) Jones of Columbia, SC, Christopher (Sophie) Jones of Dothan, Alabama, Rev. Bobby (Lynette) Bethea of Marston, NC., David Bethea of Florence SC, Kenneth (Connie) Bethea of Marietta, NC, Selth Bethea of West Palm Beach, Fla. Three sisters-in-law: Dorothy Pittman of Norfolk, VA, Nevada Pittman of Norfolk, VA and Viola Pittman of Fair Bluff, NC. a special niece and nephew Vann and Johnny , special sister Rev. Patricia C, Russell ,and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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