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Ima Gene Swinney – November 21, 2017

Ima Gene Swinney, a life-long resident of Clovis and a community area north of Clovis, died Tuesday, November 21st, at Hillside Heights Rehabilitation Suites and Nursing Home in Amarillo.
Ima Gene is survived by her daughter, Linda Poole of Amarillo; granddaughter Jennifer Green and husband Chad, grandson Michael Poole, two precious great granddaughters, Maddie and Avery; and wonderful nieces and nephews. Ima Gene is preceded in death by her husband, Bill; and siblings, Carl Roach, James Ray Roach, Cecil Roach, Frances Willard, Fannie Bristow, Melba Peters, and C L Roach.
Ima Gene was born at home in the Fields community north of Clovis to Manis and Mattie Roach. She married Bill Swinney, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with Bachelors, Masters, and Education Specialist degrees. Until her retirement, Ima Gene taught secondary education in Texico, New Mexico.
Ima Gene became a Christian at an early age and lived to serve others. She was a devoted Memaw to her grandchildren, who were the light of her world. Family was precious to her, and she shared a special bond with all of her siblings and their families. She maintained close friendships with childhood companions throughout her life. She was a caring and compassionate teacher who loved children. Ima Gene was an active and dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Clovis and was an active member of WMU at her church. She was also active in the Curry County Extension Club and enjoyed many artistic hobbies, completing an Associate of Arts degree at Clovis Community College.
A celebration of life and reception is scheduled in Dallas on December 2nd. Nephews Ron Roach and Dick Roach will officiate the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to a favorite charity.
The family would like to thank caregivers and staff of Hillside Heights, BSA Hospice, Vivian’s Nursing Home, Windmill Village, and Boxwell Brothers for the love, compassion, and care provided to Mrs. Swinney and her family. Thank you to our friends and family for the many expressions of love and sympathy.


  • Dick Roach Posted November 28, 2017 2:24 pm

    Our sincerest prayers are with you and your family at this time. Ima Gene was a very special lady who
    positively influenced many lives, including my own.
    God Bless

  • Lacey Wells Posted November 28, 2017 4:39 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know she was a lovely woman to have such a graceful daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  • Brenda Montgomery Posted November 28, 2017 8:02 pm

    My most sincere condolences, sweet Linda. I know how precious your beautiful mother is to you. I am praying for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love to you my friend.

  • Mandy Harris Posted November 29, 2017 8:36 am

    Praying for you Linda and all of your family.

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