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SWAFFORD, Rita Mary 83, of Pearblossom, California, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2010, in Bakersfield, California, surrounded by several of her loved ones (daughter Treva, son-in-law David, granddaughter Tori, grandson-in-law Joe and great-granddaughters Kelcy and Hunter). She was born on October 27, 1927, in Lancaster, California to Bartolo (Bert) and Rita Ramos. Rita was the eldest of 12 children. She married Olen (Doke) Swafford in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 22, 1946. They were the parents of seven children; Frederick, Treva, Linda, Glenda, Dennis, James and Kevin. Rita (Mary, as she was known by her family and friends) enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones. She was a lifelong resident of the Antelope Valley and was loved by all who knew her. Rita was preceded in death by her husband Doke, parents Bert and Rita, and sister Jessie (Ramos) Swafford. She is survived by her children Fred (Marilyn) Williams of McCall, Idaho, Treva (David) Calaway of Bakersfield, California, Linda Renfro of Round Mountain, Nevada, Glenda Berg of Round Mountain, Nevada, Dennis (Pat) Swafford of Pearblossom, California, James (Sherrie) Swafford of Round Mountain, Nevada, and Kevin Swafford of Lancaster, California. She is also survived by five brothers, five sisters, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2010, at Halley-Olsen-Murphy Funerals & Cremations, Palmdale. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 4, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.

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