Jean Swinwood, age 81, of Buford passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Knight Swinwood, Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Tammy Pugh & husband, David; sons, David Swinwood & wife, LaDonna; John Scott Swinwood & wife, Debbie; Thomas (Teke) Swinwood, Jr.; brother, Jerry Cargile & wife, Colleen and six grandchildren. Jean loved quilting and was active in the quilting guilds. She retired from Parkview High School as administrative assistant after 20 years and was also a member of Hebron Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Carl Butcher officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. My condolences to all of you in Jeans family. She will be especially missed by her quilting friends. I always enjoyed our conversations. She was someone to be proud of. Linda O

  2. My condolences to the Swinwood family on the loss of Jean. She had a great sense of humor, she made people laugh. Jean was a talented quilter. She will be missed

  3. Love to all – look Above for the love and strength you need during the coming days…much love from all the Butlers

  4. Jean was a beloved member of our Hall County Quilt Guild. Even though she was not able to come as often as she used to, we will all still miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of you loss. Mary Colley

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Swinwood’s family during this sad time. Love from David and Linda Read

  6. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and pray for your comfort and strength during this time.
    Chuck, Linda, Ashley and Glenn

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Swinwood family during this sad time.
    Mrs. Swinwood was always a great part of my memories from Parkview High School. What a Great Lady! She will be missed.

    Don, Karen, Ashlyn, and Hayden

  8. My heart is saddened by the loss of my friend & fellow quilter, Jean. For many years we attended a quilt retreat in Toccoa & Jean was always the life of the party. One year while I was out of the room she rolled my area with toilet paper & she did so many cute things to make you laugh. Many memories come to mind , she was an avid quilter & fabric collector but her greatest gift to me was her ability to make me laugh. For the last couple of years I have not seen Jean & I have missed her friendship & quick wit. My love & sympathy to the family. She will be so missed by me.

  9. Tammy, I’ll always remember your mom as the woman who loved dogs, had a quirky sense of humor, loved quilting, and kept lots of “stuff”. I also remember many purchases and returns to stores (lol). You have been a wonderful caregiver to both your parents and the Lord will bless you. Love you my friend…Donna

  10. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Tammy, David and Jacob during this time. Tammy, what a beautiful bond you shared with your mom. Much love from all of us!

  11. Dear Swinwood family,
    Many people share your sorrow at Jean’s passing.
    Jean was an exceptional woman, wife, mother, and friend. She was a wonderful role model to me and countless others whom she inspired to live life with joy and genuine love and compassion for others. We are all better for having known her.
    Now, may the memories of her powerful example of a life well lived bless you and give you courage.
    Jean Meadows
    Retired PHS teacher

  12. My dear friend Jean —— we had such fun on our quilting jaunts! Setting off for Toccoa for retreat every 2nd week in November loaded up to our eyeballs with quilting necessities, and laughing our heads off with our 20 or so friends we shared sewing space with for all those years,another round retreat fun of in January at Simpsonwood, many, many guild meetings, fabric shopping trips, and more “consulting visits on the phone than I could ever count. I will miss her so much!

  13. I met Mrs Swinwood when her husband was a resident at the facility I was working at. I loved both of them, she was always so sweet to me and everyone. May God bless all of you during this sad time.

  14. I crossed paths with Jean at Parkview. She quickly became a mother figure for me because my own mother had already passed away. She listened well, did not pass judgement, and gave me good advice. “This too shall pass” was her most frequent response when I was troubled. There were many days I would not have survived without her love and comfort. Our birthdays were close to each other, and we loved exchanging witty cards. She meant so much to me, and I will never forget her caring spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  15. My condolences to Teke and the Swinwood family. Mrs. Swinwood was such a nice lady and dealt with each student as they were her own children. She and the family will be in my prayers.

  16. Two years after her passing and I’m heartbroken I never got to say good bye. I was looking up Mrs. Swinwood tonight on the internet. I was determined to find her and write her a letter to tell her what a positive impact she made in my life when I came across this page. I was an aid for Jean during the 1991-1992 school year. She was always so thoughtful and would listen to whatever problems I had going on. She was funny and caring. I went back this past weekend to a football game and I passed her old office. My heart swelled with love when I saw it and I decided to reach out. Which is often the case in life, when you finally understand the impact others made in your life it’s often too late. I miss you Jean Smallwood. Thank you for being you and being there when I needed you. Sorry I never got around to telling you.

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