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On Saturday, July 27th, at 5:00 A.M., our sister Juanita Marie Swetman left us behind and went to visit our Mom and Dad.
Juanita received her Masters degree from SMU with a 4.0 GPA. She taught school for 37 years, touching so many lives along the way. Before schools furnished computers for students, Juanita bought them for her classroom, keeping each of her students a step ahead of others in this new field.
From 1973 through 1984 Juanita taught at Roger Q. Mills Elementary in Dallas. Also at George W. Truett in Dallas. The years may not be entirely accurate as we don’t have all of her records.
She didn’t just teach, she taught students “how to learn” giving them the knowledge they could use throughout school and life.
After Juanita taught school all day, she took 2 to 3 hours of her time for three or more weeks and spent it with me hammering math into my head. She would lovingly raise her voice if I did it wrong or wanted to stop. She never let me give up or gave up on me. I owe a lot to her.
I remember dad always said she was the “brightest bulb in the pack”. She became the really great teacher she was destined to be.
Two guys at work approached me asking if I knew a Juanita Swetman. I said yes, she’s my sister. They went on to tell me she was their fifth grade teacher and their favorite teacher ever.
Juanita is survived by her sister Joanne and husband Ronny Bray, Sister Jan and husband Chuck Honeycutt, and brother Jeffrey and wife Anna Swetman. Nephews Joseph Swetman, Michael Smith, Jason and wife Jinny Feuerbacher. Nieces Pam Palmer, Megan Swetman, and Kimberly and husband Ronny Smith. Several grand nephews and grand nieces.
She’s at a much better place and we miss her. See you soon Juanita.