Phyllis Swanton

June 16, 1932 - March 9, 2018

Phyllis Ann Breedlove Swanton died Friday, March 9, 2018, in Waco. She donated her body to the Willed Body Program of Texas at the UT Southwestern Medical School. The family will hold a private memorial service.

Phyllis Swanton was born on June 16, 1932, in Waco, Texas, to Will and Virginia Breedlove. She graduated from Waco High School in 1949 and remained active in planning class reunions for many years. She was a flight attendant for Pioneer and Continental Airlines before meeting her late husband, Robert T. Swanton, whom she married in 1954 and traveled with throughout Europe and the United States while he served in the U.S. Air Force.

She served as the Director of the Central Texas Red Cross Blood Services for many years until her retirement in 1990. Following her retirement, she acted as a consultant for the Red Cross Blood Services in Virginia and North and South Carolina. She was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the South Central Association of Blood Banks.

Phyllis was an avid volunteer in her community and served as the Board Chairman for DARE. She was on the board of Friends of the Library and volunteered for Help Is Possible, CASA, Planned Parenthood, Baylor Institute for Learning in Retirement and the Talitha Koum Nuture Center. She was an avid reader all her life and had a great appreciation for the arts.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debra and John Ucci; son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Sheryl Swanton; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Shirley Swanton, all of Waco, Texas; grandchildren, Jessica Ucci, Hillary Rector and husband, Ben, Conner Swanton, Lynzie Willett and Sabrena Swanton; great-grandchildren, Scarlett Ucci, Winter Butterwick, and Jane Louise Rector; and brother and sister-in-law, Pat and Cindy Breedlove. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, and brother, Don Breedlove.

Her family is greatly appreciative of the care provided to Phyllis by the staff and her friends at the Rapid Recovery Care Center of Waco and Providence Hospice. She was always surrounded by great friends throughout her life with whom she shared many travel adventures, memories and good times.

Memorials may be made to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Caritas of Waco or a charity of your choice.

Tell Dad we all said hello, Mom, and enjoy a cold martini or two with him…. Feel free to call us collect.

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Dennis Garrett

It was with great sadness I heard of Sam's passing. I can still remember her sitting at her desk at the Red Cross building on Austin Avenue. Her laugh was infectious and one of the things I remember her for each time I talked with her on the phone or during one of visits. I wish I could have been able to see her once more but she is in a better place and without the pain. My thoughts are with Deb, Robbie, and Patrick and wish all well.


pat and family,
I was sorry to hear about Phyllis. my prayers are with y'all. I enjoyed getting to know her when I was on the gallon club board of the red cross. then when I found out who her parents were then she became even more special. I have appreciated the friendship our families have had over all these years.
Hope Dominguez-Reese

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