(From a Beaver Co. OK newspaper

     April 1993) 




Ora Ellen Swallow

   Ora Ellen Swallow, 98, was

born September 3, 1894 in Dun-

can, Wright County, Missouri to

John B. and Lillie Gentry Spore

and departed this life Friday, April

2, 1993 in the Colonial Manor,

Woodward OK.

   In 1898 the Spore family

came to Oklahoma and lived near

Claremore. Ora's first school was

an Indian Mission near Jones. In

1905 Ora and her family came

by covered wagon to Western

Oklahoma and her father filed

on a government claim in Beaver

County. Ora, along with her

parents, two sisters and one

brother, lived in a dugout. They

were members of the Church of

God and endured the hardships of

early days with thanksgiving and

faith for better times.

    On October 6, 1911 at Beaver

City, Ora and Clinton Jasper 

Swallow were married and to this

union five children were born. In

1901, Clinton had filed on a Beaver

County government claim and this

is where they established their

home and raised their children and


    Mrs. Swallow was a happy,

industrious pioneer lady with a

ready smile and a helping hand

wherever needed. She was always

busy and loved all children,

especially babies. She delighted in

raising her own family and had

the privilege of raising four of

her grandchildren. She was more

than a mother and grandmother,

she was a best friend and an

encouragement to those she loved

so dearly. The family devotion has

remained through the years.

    Her family and many of her

friends cherish special crocheted

items she has made especially for

them. She continued her crocheting

until December of  1992. She

operated the Madison Telephone

Exchange from her home more

than 48 years until the .office

closed in 1973 and a new system

was installed. Her friends missed

hearing her sweet voice, say "Hello,

this is Madison." She was always

helpful in locating her customers

on the exchange.

     She attended the Highland Cha-

pel Church near her home until

it closed. She loved to go fishing

and one of the highlights of her

life was going to her granddaughter

Carolyn's to fish! Dogs were her

favorite pets.             

    With the help of her children

and grandchildren, Mrs. Swallow

was able to maintain her farm home

until December 6, 1988 when it

became necessary for her to have

nursing care and she moved to

the Colonial Manor in Woodward,

where she enjoyed the friendships

and appreciated the loving care of

the nursing staff. Members of her

family and friends visited her often

and she was thankful for their love

and attention.

   She was preceded in death by

her parents, her husband, Clinton,

on June 17, 1964, one daughter,

Elnora Martin, her brother, Jimmy

Spore, her two sisters, Mandy

Bozarth and Belle Diamond, and

two grandsons, Ted Black on May

25,1979 and Jimmy Haack on July

30, 1984.

    Mrs. Swallow leaves as her

survivors four children and their

spouses: Esther and Arthur Moore,

Dodge. City. KS, Elsie Armstrong,

Coppell TX, Leonard and:Dorothy

Swallow, Lavcme, Ethel and. Fred

Black, Logan; 15 grandchildren,

including Raydean. Donald, Terry

Swallow and Barbara Swallow An-

dcrson, the children she raised; 23

great grandchildrcn; 12 great great

grandchildren; nieces, nephews,

other relatives and many friends.

   Funeral services were Monday,

April 5, 1993 at 11:00 a.m. in the

Seeger Funeral Chapel, Laveme,

with the Rev. Bob Taylor and the

Rev. Neil Ragan officiating.

  Mrs. Jack Cornell was organist

and accompanied Neil and Billie

Ragan, Jack and Kathryn Cornell

as they sang Mansion Over The

Hilltop and Until Then and Bobby

Taylor as he sang One Day At A


    Pallbcarers were grandsons, Vcr-

|non Moore, Verl Moore, Melvin

Moore, Raydean Swallow, Donald

Swallow and Terry Swallow. 

   Interment was in the Laverne