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Martha Ellen Black Swartz

• Updated Jun 4, 2018 at 3:31 PM

JONESBOROUGH - After 68 years of visiting this earth, Martha Ellen Black Swartz, said a momentary goodbye to us on June 1, 2018.

She left from the Johnson City Medical Center to begin her journey back to her spiritual home. Those assisting our Heavenly Father in welcoming her home, include her father and mother, James William and Frances Marie (Edwards) Black, and her long-missed and dearly beloved husband of 42 years, Kenneth Ray Swartz.

Those that are not yet ready to take the journey with her include her devoted daughter Sherri Lynne Swartz, and her most cherished grandson, “little man”, Raymond James Swartz, (known to some as Luisinho James Meza Swartz) as well as all of her dearly loved family and close friends.

She was a lifelong resident of Washington County, Tennessee where she could view the mountains she so greatly adored. She graduated early from Sulphur Springs School, and later attended ETSU, where she graduated with honors. She was a teacher with the Johnson City School System serving at different schools through the years, ultimately ending up at Indian Trail Middle School.

She was a deeply dedicated servant of our Lord her entire life and was a current member of Goldswept Ministries Church in Unicoi, Tennessee.

She was a beautiful reflection of the Love of our Lord and an exceptional example of how we should think about and treat our fellow brothers and sisters.

You are invited to celebrate her life with family and friends Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Dillow Taylor Funeral Home, with a service to follow at 4:00 pm with Pastors William & Marge Campbell officiating. Graveside will follow at Sulphur Springs Cemetery.

Honorary Pall bearers will be William Campbell, William Cook and Raymond Edwards.

With the spirit of a warrior, she fought a long battle with cancer. All she wanted was to live long enough to see her grandson grow up. Should friends desire, a donation can be made to help defray her extensive medical costs or make a memorial donation in her name to the cancer research organization of your choice, to help make sure no other Nana is taken from her grandchild too soon.

Condolences may be sent to the Swartz family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.

Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821

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