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Gladys M. Swanger

October 5, 1935 — March 24, 2021

Gladys Underwood Swanger, 85, passed away March, 24, 2021 at Novant Health of Huntersville, North Carolina.

Gladys grew up in the Radcliff Cove area of Haywood County. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, David L. “Bud” Swanger, Sr. Her parents were the late Hugh and Edna Underwood.

She is survived by sons, David L. Swanger, Jr., and wife Debbie; Daniel H. Swanger and wife, Rebecca; grandchildren, Rebecca, Monica, and Amanda; one great-grandchild, Zoey; several nieces and nephews.

Even though Gladys left the mountains many years ago she always thought of them as home, and spoke of them fondly.

Gladys was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She was also a great Southern cook, taxi driver to baseball games and practices, nurse for scraped knees and elbows, snow shoveler, grass mower, gardener, and great partner for rotten tomato fights. As the granddaughters came along, Gladys took great pride in watching them grow into young women.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in the Waynesville chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Reverend John Swanger, III officiating. Burial will follow at Radcliff Cove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 prior to the service.

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