Mary J. Schwatken


Mary Jane Schwatken, age 85, Joplin, MO, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at her home
Mary was born September 16, 1933, in Fort Scott, KS, daughter of the late Henry Ayers and Bertha Sauvain Ayers. She worked for years as a switchboard operator at Clarkson Hospital, in Omaha, NE, and also worked for awhile at the New York Stock Exchange transferring money. She was a member of Park Plaza Christian Church of Joplin.
Mary married Jack Henry Schwatken on September 25, 1949, in Fort Scott. They loved traveling, and enjoyed going to Colorado, and the Gulf Coast. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2013.
Survivors include her children, Linda Schwatken, of Joplin, Ron Schwatken and wife, Susan, of Valley Center, KS; grandchildren, Ryan Schwatken, of Pittsburg, KS, Adam Schwatken and wife, Kelly, of Paola, KS, Nicole Puckett and husband, Jason, of Douglass, KS; great-grandchildren, Emma, Jack, NonaJane, Matthew, Madison, Molly, and Elocin; brothers, Bernard Ayers, of Longview, TX, and Melvin Ayers, of Valley Center; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be Friday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. B.A. Austin, minister, will officiate. Pallbearers will be Adam and Ryan Schwatken. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at Parker Mortuary.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.
Published on June 12, 2019
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