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Joan Arlene Swinford

Joan Arlene Swinford, 92, of Des Arc, MO, passed away Monday, June 5, 2023, at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Festus, MO. She was born May 2, 1931, in St. Louis, MO, to parents Walter and Mary (Brown) Walters. She married William Bill Swinford, April 30, 1948, and to this union, one child Melinda Swinford.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Gene Swinford; brother: Jimmy Walters; sisters: Jean and Jewell Walters.

Joan is survived by her daughter, Melinda Swinford of Des Arc.

Joan was a loving mother and aunt. She grew up in Jefferson County. She retired from Lincoln Engineering in 1991. Joan enjoyed going to casinos, watching horse races in Fairmont, playing bingo at the American Legion in Piedmont, reading romance novels, and baking, she was known for baking some of the best pies. If you knew Joan, you knew how much she loved her animals and how she loved to talk, especially talking politics, she never met a stranger. Joan’s daughter, Melinda, was her world, she was very close to her. She was of Catholic Faith.

Visitation was held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 9, 2023 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont Chapel. Funeral service followed at 1:00 pm, also in Piedmont Chapel. Pastor Wayne Street ministered to the family. Chris Lehto, Dalton Alcorn, Austin James, Ty Phelps, Albert James, Robbie Widmer served as pallbearers. Burial was in Annapolis Cemetery, Annapolis, MO. Online condolences can be made at

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