Funeral services for Betty L. Swift, 85, of East Moline, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday prior to services at the funeral home. Mrs. Swift died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at her daughter's home in Moline. Memorials may be made to the family. Betty Riley was born on Sept. 8, 1927, in Whiting, Iowa, the daughter of William and Lulu Archer Riley. She married Glen David Swift on Oct. 21, 1947, in Sioux City, Iowa. He died on Oct. 26, 1997. She worked as a housekeeper at Illini Hospital, Silvis. She had been an active member of the Church of the Nazarene, Moline, and their missionary work. She enjoyed making sculptured dolls. Betty was a people person. She loved being with her friends and family. Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Laird, Mesa, Ariz., Patricia Ann Davis, East Moline, Donna Hahn, East Moline, Gail (Gary) Meyers, Moline; sons, Keith Swift, Peoria, Ill., Dennis Swift, Davenport, Greg Swift, East Moline, Gary Swift, East Moline, and Billy Swift, East Moline; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald Riley, Gulf Port, Miss., and Marvin Riley, Milan; special friend, Leah Lorenson, East Moline. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Elaine Gano; and brother, LeRoy Ferdig. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.
Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat came up to her dock yesterday and was punching away at the ice, which is crowded up against the Iowa shore. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.C. Bromley, of Rock Island, has received a patent on a steam activated valve. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Major. C.W. Hawes, head clerk of the Modern Woodmen of America, was honored by department chiefs on his 73rd birthday 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mayor Robert Galbraith declared that 75 percent of the people here have talked to "favor construction of Rock Island's new city hall in Spencer Square." 1964 -- 50 years ago: C.H. Langman & Sons, Rock Island, has been awarded the general contract for partial rehabilitation and modernization of the main building at the East Moline State Hospital. The Langman firm bid $424,839. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The cost of living in the Quad-Cities is 6.8 percent less than the average of 260 metropolitan areas.