“A Time to be Born” Ninety-eight years ago in Argentine, Kansas, Ola Mae Swinney was born to the untion of Edward and Leola (Gonzales) Mitchell, the youngest of three children.
“A Time to Live”
The family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and at a very early age, Ola Mae accepted Christ and was baptized. She was educated in the Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools. She was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kansas before joining Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. She served in several ministries in the church namely, the Mothers Board, Outreach Visitations and Breaktime. Mother Swinney was united in marriage to John Johnson and became mother of his three children. She later married Luke Swinney who preceded her in death. She worked 46 years as one of the first African American women meat cutters as Swift and Company.
She loved to read daily her Bible, Guideposts, Daily Word and she enjoyed working crossword puzzles. “A Time to Depart from Labor to Reward” On Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Edgewood Manor Center Rehabilitation, an angel touched Mother Swinney. Her parents, sister Lillie B. Johnson, and brother Reverend William Mitchell, Sr. preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory; two daughters, Olivia Whitaker and Catherine Johns both of Kansas City, Kansas, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, MGM, and special cousin and caregiver, Reverend Mary Lou Kegler, other relatives and her beloved Metropolitan Church family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Swope Parkway United Christian Church 6140 Swope Parkway Kansas City, Missouri 64130. Visitation 9:00 A.M. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery Kansas City, Missouri.