ANDERSON -- Amy Swinford passed Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, at Community Hospital in Anderson, Indiana, after a brief illness. She was 50 years old. Amy is survived by her parents, Brenda Swinford of Alexandria and Floyd Swinford of Muncie; stepsiblings Michael Todd Swinford of Indianapolis, Patrick Swinford and Nicole Bledsoe of Anderson, Jerrie Bellish of Fishers and Julie Coffey of Smithfield, Virginia; Aunts and Uncle Sue Wagner of Anderson, DeAnn and Bill Meredith of St.
Petersburg, Florida, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Amy was blessed to have an "honorary mother," Linda Rosencrans and her children (Amy's bonus siblings) Autumn Coxe, Jessica Gray and Brady Carr. Her "family" of furry friends will also miss the compassion, kindness and warm lap she always shared with them. Amy was preceded in death by stepparents Tony Swinford, Judy Swinford, Uncle Earl Wagner, Grandma Margie Weston and cousin Nancy Reed. Amy worked a as a funeral director in Indiana and Maine.
She excelled at assisting grieving families. Her genuine love of all animals helped her specialize in dealing with pet losses. Her most recent employment as at Alternatives in Anderson as a case manager. Amy was active in many local pet rescue organizations. She supported their work with her adoptions, artwork and donations. For those who knew Amy well, you never questioned where she stood on a subject, you will miss her sarcastic wit and more appreciate her unpretentious and nonprejudicial attitude.
Her determination in any endeavor was unsurpassed and she was "real," never boastful or pretending. Her love of animals was undeniable. Amy was a strong believer in the afterlife and is probably now rolling her eyes at us as we grieve. Per Amy's request, her body will be cremated and a celebration of life will occur Sunday, Oct.
22, 2023, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Stonegate Farms K-9 Crew Training Facility, 2342 W. Eighth St., Anderson. Special thanks to Sherry Eads for her assistance and support during this difficult time. Also the family's appreciation to the nursing staff at Community Hospital who cared for Amy during her final days. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Amy to any pet rescue organization of your choice.