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     Jennifer Anne Swaim, age 47, of Jasper, Missouri, passed away Monday, October 4, 2010 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin following a courageous battle with breast cancer.


     Jennifer was born June 23, 1963, at Maryville, Missouri, one of the 11 children of LeRoy Wilmes and Ada Mae (Holt) Wilmes. After graduating from Maryville High School, she earned a Masters Degree in Physical Education from Northwest Missouri State University.  Jennifer was a teacher for 17 years; the last ten as a math instructor in the Jasper Public Schools.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lamar, Mo.


     On June 21, 2008, in Nevada, Missouri, Jennifer married Bruce Swaim and he survives of the home. Also surviving are three daughters, Larissa & husband Michael Wolford of Lamar, Missouri, Laura & husband Josh Hensley of Purdy, Missouri, and Latricia Atkins of the home; one stepdaughter, Brandi Dawn (Swaim) Rupert of Miami OK;  her parents, LeRoy Wilmes & Ada Mae Wilmes of Maryville, Missouri; four brothers and their wives, Andy & Betty Wilmes, Collinsville, Oklahoma, Tom & Sandy Wilmes, Maryville, Missouri, Larry & Diana Wilmes, Florence, Alabama, and Ken & Dawn Wilmes, Brentwood, Tennessee; six sisters and four brothers-in-law, Judy Sobbing, Gladstone, Missouri, Jeanie Burns, Kansas City, Missouri, Janie & Steve Burns, Kansas City, Missouri, Joy & Mike Farnan, Richmond, Missouri, Joan & Art Markworth, Smithville, Missouri, and Jolene & Tom Guinn, Port Orange, Florida; two grandsons, Colton and Clayton Wolford; and a large extended family.


     The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 9th at the Jasper High School Gymnasium. There will be a visitation from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11th at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Maryville, Missouri. Funeral mass will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 12th at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Maryville, Missouri with burial immediately following in St. Columba Cemetery at Conception, Missouri.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in care of Daniel Funeral Home 1201 Broadway, Lamar, MO.




#22 Kansas City, MOChris Rickman Meyer 2011-07-29 09:56
To Extended Wilmes family,

I remember Jennifer when she was a small girl was so sweet to everyone and very courageous traits that carried her though to the end I am sure. I was sadden to hear of her passing and I know this is very late in extending my condolances to everyone as I had just recently learned of her passing.

Much love to everyone.

Chris Meyer
#21 Wichita, KSConnie King 2010-10-13 14:02
I always enjoyed visiting with Jennifer at our family reunions and she always greeted everyone with that sweet smile of hers! My thoughts and prayers are with you have lost a very special loved one.
#20 Shawnee, KsKen and Peg Townsend 2010-10-12 10:15
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family we were lucky to grow up with and share a small portion of Jennifer's short life.
#19 Maryville MoSusan Wooten Growcock 2010-10-11 16:52
Sorry for your loss, sending prayers to her family.
#18 Galena, KSCindy Carver Galardo 2010-10-11 11:48
Jennifer was a very special lady. Enjoyed her company alot when the girls were showing at the Jasper County Youth Fair and at the Missouri State Fair. She lead us on our way the first year my bys showed at State (we had no idea what we were doing). My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.
#17 Maryville MissouriConnie Murphy 2010-10-11 07:04
Thoughts and prayers are with the family. God Bless
#16 Excelsior Springs, MOSusan Dyke Clemmons 2010-10-10 17:41
My heart goes out to Jennifer's family and friends. I remember her as a little girl when I was at her family home with her sisters. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
#15 Maryville, Mo.Mary 2010-10-09 07:23
We have lost a wonderful person but the heavens have gain an awesome angel. Prayers, thoughts and our love goes out to the family.
#14 North Joplin, MoRuth Ingram 2010-10-08 15:52
Jennifer was truly a dynamic woman. She touched every life that she came in contact with. She demonstrated God's love in all that she said or did. Never a complaint, but full of love and encouragement for others. She taught North a lot about being a family. Our prayers will continue to be with you .
#13 Jasper, MOThe Waggoner Family 2010-10-08 14:19
Jennifer was truly an angel on earth and we're blessed for knowing her. Words can never express what admiration and respect our family had for her. We can only hope that her family is comforted by knowing that she's still an angel, only with the Lord now. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Leon, Melinda, Brittany and Matt Newman

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