Elizabeth Fugler Swan


Elizabeth Fugler Swan

Elizabeth Fugler Swan, 89, was born April 21, 1918, in Plaquemine, Louisiana, to Elizabeth Scarbrough and Andrew E. Fugler, Jr., She passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2008, in Tyler.

She grew up in Plaquemine and graduated from Plaquemine High School in 1935. She attended SMU in Dallas, Louisiana State Teachers College in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She then worked in New Orleans in a bank trust department until World War II, when she joined the WACs. She served in the Transportation Division for nine months and then was selected for the Signal Intelligence Service and sent to New Guinea where her unit decoded enemy messages for 13 months. The medals awarded to her were: American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation ribbon and 1 Bronze Star, good Conduct Medal, 1 Service Strip - Victory Ribbon, 2 Overseas Service Bars, and WAAC Service Medal.

After receiving an honorable discharge on November 25, 1945, Elizabeth took nurses training at The Toureau School of Nursing in New Orleans. Upon completing her nurses training, she worked at Toureau for a year and then was selected to be the school nurse for Hawkins, Texas, ISD. From there she became the Supervisor of Nursing Personnel at East Texas Hospital (now East Texas Medical Center) in Tyler.

In 1953, Elizabeth married Charles H. Swan of Lufkin, Texas. His position with Humble Oil Company (now ExxonMobil) included living in Hawkins, Pleasanton, Corpus Christi and Tyler. She was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church of Tyler and the of Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association, and enjoyed bridge, dancing and painting.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Fred Fugler of North Carolina, Roy Fugler of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Guy Fugler of Longview; sister, Edythe Ponder of Hawkins, Texas; niece, Freddie Everhart of North Carolina; three nephews, Dick Fugler of Destin, Florida, Abe Swan and Mark Swan, Jr., both of Lufkin, Texas.

Her remaining family is sister-in-law, Bonnie Fugler; nieces and nephews, Bonnie Jones and husband Carlton Ray Jones of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Michael Roy Fugler and wife Claire of Perdido Key, Florida, Jerry Fugler and wife Christine of Ft. Worth, Texas, Novelle Ponder Pennal of Amarillo, Texas, Charles Witherspoon and wife Renae of Austin, Davy Swan and wife, Carolyn of Lufkin, Ed Swan and wife Donna of Dallas, Fredna Swan of Lufkin (widow of Mark) and Sheila Swan of College Station (widow of Abe).

Special acknowledgment and thanks go to the staff of Atria Willow Park, the doctors and staff of Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, the staff of Reunion Plaza, the staff of Hospice of East Texas, Visiting Angels, and special friend Pat Williams.

Graveside services for Elizabeth will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2008, in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, with Reverend Victoria Davidson officiating.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.

Gipson Funeral Home; Philip Snead, director