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Kathryn Wagner

Kathryn Regina Wagner (Swigart)

March 26, 1932 - May 15, 2021
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Obituary

Kathryn Regina (Swigart) Wagner, “Kitty” to anyone who knew her, was born March 26, 1932, in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, to Laura Atina Swigart and Samuel Clarence Swigart. Kitty went to be with her Lord on May 15, 2021, at the age of 89 years old, in Conway, Arkansas.

She graduated in 1957 from Elizabethtown College, in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, with a degree in elementary education, and was an accomplished athlete, helping to start the college’s women’s tennis program and was honored as the Outstanding Female Athlete of the 1957 senior class by the Elizabethtown College Ira R. Herr Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a dominant forward on the women’s basketball team and her 17.7 career scoring average still ranks fourth in school history. She played basketball, tennis, wiffleball, and pickleball for most of her life, and always accompanied her husband, Loren, to the tennis court to watch, whether or not she was playing.

Kitty married her husband, Loren Wagner, on June 7, 1958, and they were married for 63 years. She taught third and fifth grade for many years, and loved music, history, gardening, needlework, reading, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She and Loren raised two daughters, Lori and Londa, who continued her tradition of caring for others by becoming a nurse and a therapist. Kitty also coordinated her family hobby of 4H and Western pleasure, showmanship, and halter classes at local horse shows. Always dedicated to her friends and family, Kitty loved hosting family holidays and events, giving personal gifts, and collecting memories in photographs.

Kitty formed and led the Kingdom Ringers handbell choir, played piano, viola, percussion, e-flat horn, and baritone, and coordinated for the Bella Vista Big Band for many years. She also sang alto in her church choir and acted, directed, and produced church dramas for many years.

Kitty Wagner was preceded in death by her parents, Laura Atina Swigart and Samuel Clarence Swigart; her brothers, Lester Akerly and Dale Swigart; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Russell and Dianne Wagner, Darlene and Norman Smith; and her grandson, Paul Loren Revis.

Kitty is lovingly remembered by her husband, Loren Wagner; daughters, Lori O’Leary and husband Fred O’Leary and Londa Revis and husband Paul Revis; her brother and sister-in-law Alan and Joyce Swigart; her brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Shirley Wagner; her grandchildren, Tricia and Sean Schiebout, Kate and Jesse Brauning, Matthew and Aimee Waymire, Rebekah and Sam Johnson, Lydia and Jake Buss, Samuel and Courtney Revis; her great-grandchildren, Emma, Brielle, Julianne, Charlotte, Rosalie, Isaiah, Eli, and Noah; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Paul L. Revis Memorial Scholarship Fund, University of Central Arkansas Foundation.

Services will be held Friday May 21, 2021 at Central Baptist Church 3333 Dave Ward Dr, Conway, Arkansas 72034 with Pastor Ben South officiating. Visitation will be at 9:00 AM and service at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Conway.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice, Dr. Tilley, and our wonderful nurse Donna Gunther, as well as the nurses and aides at Salem Place Women’s Observation Hall and their Central Baptist Church family.

Arrangements for Kathryn Regina (Swigart) Wagner are under the care and direction of Vilonia Funeral Home 1134 Main Street Vilonia, AR 72173. Sign the online guestbook at www.viloniafuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 21, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Friday, May 21, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Central Baptist Church
    Address
    3333 Dave Ward Dr
    Conway, AR 72034
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 21, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, May 21, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    Central Baptist Church
    Address
    3333 Dave Ward Dr
    Conway, AR 72034
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Brother Ben South
  • Interment

    Friday, May 21, 2021 |
    When
    Friday, May 21, 2021
    Location
    Crestlawn Memorial Park
    Address
    472 US-64
    Conway, Arkansas 72032
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    Notes
    Interment Will Immediately Follow The Service

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Ardi Yoo

Posted at 09:07am
Kitty was such a special woman, who if she believed in you, even when you didn't, or didn't think you could do something, she gave you the courage to at least try it, discovering that she was right, you could, Thank you, Kitty, for always believing in me. Ardi

Hugh Castles

Posted at 09:50pm
Kitty was always first to arrive in our Life Group as she was always faithful to accompany Loren to orchestra warmup and run through of Sunday's music before services began. A dedicated christian, wife and friend, we will miss her. The joy of knowing she is with our Lord & Savior supersedes our feelings of loss. Rest well our sister in Christ while you reap the fruits of your labor.
Young at Heart Class Members, Hugh & Rosa Castles
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Beverly Rains

Posted at 11:56am
Kitty directed our bell choir in Bella Vista and we would have so much . Lots of laughs, parties and the best memories.

Carrol Norton

Posted at 06:36pm
I went to school with Kathryn for 12 years and we graduated together Class of 1950 McVeytown Oliver High School. We played basketball together, played in the band and sang in the girls Glee Club Chorus. Also played in all four of our Class Plays. She was a dear friend and have wonderful memories of spending lots of time with her. We swam together at "The Falls" and when she got her first automobile she hauled me to work. She worked at the Lewistown Trust Company and I worked at Penn Furniture. I am so grateful for the memories I have of her and will always cherish them. My condolences to Loren and the family.
Love and Prayers, Mrs. Carrol Moist Norton, also known as "Sis"
 
JR

Joan Reamer Posted at 04:26pm

As circumstances would have it, I & my Aunt Kathryn corresponded by mail mainly Christmas card letters with photos of family & church happenings. When my husband & I moved to Arizona, the door was opened to able to have a wonderful in person visit. Uncle Loren drove their RV & parked in our backyard where we were able to share a lifetime of past memories of faith & family. On several occasions we met in Branson for breaking bread together, fellowship & some great music shows. As the Lord would make possible, we had other visits & meals together as well as a visit to Aunt Kathryn & Uncle Loren’s home before they moved from Bela Vista to Conway, Ar. We were like mine in our Christian faith & family centered. I consider it such a blessing provided by the Lord to have had the privilege of face to face communication with both her & her Mother (my Grandmother Laura Swigart). I count it all joy that HE works all things together for good.... She is ‘absent from the body but present with the Lord.” All ‘in Christ’ will certainly be together again! We do grieve but, ‘not as the world grieves’ because we have the blessed HOPE....& promises in the scriptures.... “No more crying, sorrow, or death”...Glorious RESURRECTION. May the family be comforted by the truth of His Word. Love & Prayers. Joan & Fred Reamer
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