Gloria Foto Swinney passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the age of 91. She was a very loving and devoted mother. Mrs. Swinney was a long-time elementary school teacher for the East Baton Parish School system and also taught at Runnels. In addition she was an organist for St. Gerard and St. Charles Borromeo churches during the 1960's and 70's and also taught piano to many young students. Mrs. Swinney was born in New Orleans and grew up in Pineville, Louisiana, where she earned her degree in teaching from Louisiana College. She was the wife of the late Marion M. Swinney, Jr., and is survived by her children Mark and his wife, Mignon, Sean and his wife, Lisa, Mary Burk-Jones and her husband, Don, and grandchildren Katherine and Brad Burk. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. 2014 at Greenoaks Memorial Park conducted by Rev. Nathan Ryan. The family would like to thank the staff of Williamsburg Senior Living Community and Dr. Patrick Gahan for their care and concern. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Mrs. Swinney's favorite charity which was St. Jude.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 20 to July 22, 2014