Born April 23, 1917, in Grinnell, Ia. to Albert Thomas and Mary Ann (Harter) Swart, she married Husia Ziller Brinkley on Oct. 16, 1937, in Spencer, Ia. He died April 4, 1990, in Peoria, Ill. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Albert Swart and Ross Swart; and two sisters: Evelyn Hamrick and Edith Walker.
Surviving are two daughters: Pat (Jerry) Jones of Creve Coeur, Ill. and Sandy (Joe) McFadden of Edelstein, Ill.; five grandchildren: Diane (Mike) Hemp and Daniel (Michele) Jones - both of Creve Coeur, Ill., Thomas (Deborah) Jones of North Port, Fla., Suzanne (Rod) Fitzpatrick of Edelstein, Ill., and Matthew (Rachel) McFadden of Indianapolis, Ind.; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren with one birth expected this week; one brother, Wayne Swart of Redondo Beach, Calif.; brother-in-law, Kenneth Salton of Ruthven, Ia.; and sister-in-law, Pat Gross of Spencer, Ia.
Mary Alice had worked at Hiram Walker and Son in Peoria, Ill. as a packer in the shipping department, an office worker at Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria, and later as a sales clerk at The Gem Box in downtown Peoria. She last worked as a clerk at Heinz Drug Store in Creve Coeur.
She was a charter member of Sacre Coeur Catholic Church in Creve Coeur, Ill., where she had volunteered at the former school and was a charter member and past president of the Altar and Rosary Society. She also had been a member of the Creve Coeur Home Extension.
Mary Alice enjoyed sewing and flowers.
Her funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Sacre Coeur Catholic Church in Creve Coeur. Visitation was Monday, May 9, 2011 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Hospice, 2265 West Altorfer Drive, Peoria, IL 61615 or Apostolic Christian Skylines Activity Department, 7023 North Skyline Drive, Peoria, IL 61614.
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