Celebrating the life of Leatrice Kay Swaffar
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Kay was born January 9, 1946 in Altus, Oklahoma, to Thomas Jefferson and Beatrice (Banks) Swaffar. On January 6, 1955, three days before her ninth birthday, Kay contracted post-measles encephalitis and went into a coma. She didn't come out of the coma until the first part of June that same year. She came out of the coma with her feet turned under and her arms drawn tight. She was perfectly normal until that time. She maintained a positive attitude for the rest of her life because, as she often said, she should have been a vegetable due to the swelling on her brain. God spared her and gave her the gift of being able to work on a typewriter and later a computer to communicate with her family. She later worked hard at learning to walk and talk again with help from her caregivers.
In 1960, she was saved on or around June 17th at the age of fourteen. She didn't attend church on a regular basis for more than twenty years because her parents thought it would make her nervous being in a crowd of people. She moved to the Reliant Living Center in Oklahoma City in 1981. Kay was baptized again on February 24, 1985, at the First Southern Baptist Church in Del City, where she was a faithful member. She loved her family, church family and the other residents in the Living Center.
Her sister-in-law, Bedtty Swaffar of Blair, and her nieces and nephews, Mark and Francie Medford of Blair, Tina and Melvin "Chief" Ishcomer of Eldorado, Michael and Nancy Swaffar of Byron, Georgia, Patrrick and Tina Swaffar of Macon, Georgia, and Victor and Dodie Swaffar of St. Mary's, Georgia survive Kay. Her parents and one brother, Eddie Swaffar, who passed away in 2005, preceded her in death.
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