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, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.