Dr. Elizabeth Ann Swartz

Born in Detroit, Michigan on December 16, 1940

Departed on October 3, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Doctor Elizabeth Ann Swartz age 79, went to be with Lord on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

“Beth” was born on December 16, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to Doctor Chester and Caroline Perry. As a youngster Elizabeth enjoyed being on Lake Charlevoix in Michigan with her sister, Caroline Valentine and her brother, Kenneth Perry.

As a scholar she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from DePaul University, and a doctorate in Education from Vanderbilt University.

She married Donald Swartz in 1962 and lived in Chicago, Illinois where she had her son’s David and Daniel. Elizabeth was a loving mother that insured her sons understood life’s values, Jesus Christ, and the need of a great education. As a loving grandmother she enjoyed lake life with her grandson and granddaughters.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her mother, Caroline and her father, Chester.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she began teaching English to freshman football players at that University.

Her next position was for Tennessee Higher Education Board. While working for Governor Lamar Alexander, she was instrumental in developing the Tennessee mast teacher program. After working for the Indiana State Education Board, she became an International Educational consultant. She taught and lectured across United States and in in countries of Georgia, Japan, and Australia.

Elizabeth (Beth) was a member of Hendersonville First United Methodist Church where she taught the Companion class Sunday school for fifteen years and served on many Church groups. She visited Israel two times to learn more of the life of Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul.

Beth loved God. She was filled with an amazing grace for all humanity which she showed by working for Habitat for Humanity in Michigan, Nashville, Eleuthera Bahamas, and teaching children on the Hopi Indian reservation in Arizona.

Beth and Don enjoyed a loving life for 58 years and shared their love as they traveled to fifty-one countries and forty-nine states in America.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alzheimer Assoc. 478 Craighead St., Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37204 in Elizabeth’s name.

A private service will be held.

Visit the online obituary www.hendersonvillefh.com to post tributes and share memories.

13 Comments to Dr. Elizabeth Ann Swartz

  1. J Michael Law
    October 4, 2020 9:08 pm

    Don and boys … my deepest sympathy . Beth was a wonderful person whom I had the pleasure of knowing since we were neighbors in Hendersonville .

    My thoughts are with you .

  2. Leo and Miriam ragg
    October 6, 2020 2:48 pm

    Don and sons, grandchildren, and daughter-in-law and extended family. Our deepest sympathy. Beth was a beautiful
    example of love for God and mankind. She always was smiling and eager to compliment those she came in contact
    with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Leo and Miriam Bragg


  3. A. Hope Cook
    October 6, 2020 7:55 pm

    Mr. Swartz, I am so blessed to have been given the opportunity to get to know you and Mrs. Beth and to have been able to care for her for the past year. I am deeply saddened by her passing and will miss her very much! I’ve grown to care so much for the both of you.

  4. Tracy Swartz
    October 6, 2020 8:29 pm

    We are all better having known her, and will miss her very much. We are thankful for all our Grandma Beth stories which will live in our hearts forever.

  5. Charles Mayo
    October 6, 2020 9:37 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. May the Father of Mercies and the God of All Comfort be everything to the family you need Him to be.

  6. Tim and Janet Daly
    October 6, 2020 10:16 pm

    Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Dan and Tracy have often shared stories of Beth’s kindness, generosity and love. Wishing all of the Swartz Family peace and God’s blessings.

  7. Carol and Jon Schroeder
    October 7, 2020 12:42 am

    Prayers for you to find acceptance, blessed grace and loving, comforting memories ito sustain you and your family.
    Carol and Jon Schroeder

  8. Kim Anderson
    October 7, 2020 11:49 am

    I am so sorry for your loss she was obviously a wonderful and well loved lady. Prayers of comfort and peace for you and your family.

  9. Donna Tignor
    October 8, 2020 6:13 pm

    I am so sorry. Praying for peace for her friends and family.

  10. Dana Long
    October 9, 2020 8:37 am

    Prayers to your family in this difficult time !

  11. Judy H. Jones
    October 9, 2020 5:01 pm

    Don, sons and grandchildren: My sympathy to you on Beth’s passing. She was a beautiful and gracious lady, and had an admirable career. I will always remember our trip to Time, Inc, when RRD Gallatin was printing Life Magazine, and how you and Beth made sure this “farm girl” got to see highlights of New York City. Everyone who knew Beth will surely miss her smile. Wishing you peace and comfort in your memories.

  12. Tresa Ransburg and Roger Swartz
    October 25, 2020 11:12 am

    Roger and I have such wonderful memories of Beth. She was always so much fun. I remember meeting Don and Beth in Yosemite; seeing them in Nashville; fun visits to their home; their visit to us in Arizona. She was such a sweet woman and we had such fun talking about our lives in Michigan. She will always be remembered. I know your wonderful memories will give you comfort.

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