Cecelia McMurray Swindell Goetz, born May 6, 1935, went peacefully home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday evening. She was born in Hamilton County, OH, to the late William Carl & Shirley Gardner McMurray. Her firm belief in God and her devotion to her family gave her peace in her final days.
Cecelia was an educator at heart. She was kind, soft-spoken, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. She loved teaching, and she loved and adored all her students. She was a principal at Southern Christian Academy, where she also taught Bible, Art, and Music. She later worked at the NC Parole Commission as a case analyst. In all of her pursuits, Cecelia has made life-long friends.
Her two grandsons were the absolute delight of her life. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, & member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Youngsville. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Robert Allan Goetz, and her siblings, Terrence McMurray, Dale McMurray, and Joyce Abner.
Cecelia is survived by her children, Thomas Alexander Swindell, Marian Swindell-Lewis, grandchildren, Nicholas Alexander & Michael Anthony Lewis, her first husband, Franklin L. Swindell, siblings, Donna Smith of Arlington, TX, Myrna Beechler Miracle (John) of Georgetown, OH, Cheryl Gardner Day (Jim) of New Richmond, OH and Wayne Forest Gardner of KY and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Read and Feed, 171 Suite 10, Highhouse Rd., Cary, NC, 27511, the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club, or Transitions Lifecare.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, 10:30 am – 12, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third. St., Wendell. Memorial graveside service for family and church members will follow at 1 pm, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Youngsville. Full obituary at www.stricklandfuneral.com