Obituary of Loretta Swafford

Loretta Marie Swafford, age 82, resident of Overland Park, KS, formerly of Ft. Scott, KS, died Saturday, July 16, 2022, at AdventHealth Care Center, Overland Park, KS.

She was born February 26, 1940, in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Judson and Dorothy Merriman Careswell.  She married Virgil Peck on November 18, 1956.  They later divorced.  Loretta married Reo Swafford on March 22, 1992, in Wichita, KS.  He preceded her in death on December 9, 2006.

Loretta enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting, and gardening.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren.  She volunteered for Mother-to-Mother, Mercy Hospice and Our Father’s House.  Loretta was a member of Mercy Auxiliary, FCE, and the Red Hat Ladies.  She was a member of the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene.


Survivors include 3 children, Charlotte Morris, Ft. Scott, KS, Virgil Peck, Jr. and wife Tamara, Havana, KS, and Daniel Peck and wife Brooke, Tyro, KS; 2 brothers, Jud Careswell, Albuquerque, NM, and Monty Careswell, Windsor, CO; a sister, Judi Williams, Yukon, OK; 8 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and one on the way.

Besides her husband, Reo, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Careswell; an infant daughter, Janet Marie Peck; and her parents.


Rev. Virgil Peck will conduct funeral services at 10:00 AM Friday, July 22nd, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to either Gideons or Fort Scott Christian Heights and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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