Grace “Betty” Growall Hammond Swager, 96, Born August 14, 1925, in Pittsburgh, PA.
Betty went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 26, 2021. She
was preceded in death by her parents Eunice Lane Phillips (Ernest) and Martin Growall,
her husband Joseph Fredrick Swager and a son, Kurt Fredrick Swager. She is survived
by two daughters, E. Christine Marazzi Mooney (Miles), JoEllen Shatlock (Jay), 9 grand-
children: Grace K Patterson, Mary Beth Norkus (Robert), Thomas L Patterson, Jr, E.
Jane Maxwell (Jim), Jay Shatlock (Mary), Jonathan Shatlock (Colleen), Jessica Hanna
(Bobby), Jael Shatlock, Jason Shatlock (Alona). 16 Great grandchildren Sarah, Victoria
and Elizabeth Deluliis, Claire, Lily, Mary Kate, Carolina and James Maxwell, Justus,
Jaylon, Aurora, Zacchaeus and Leilani Shatlock, Jadon, James and Zoe Hanna. Betty
grew up in New Brighton and was a resident of Center Twp for approximately 60 years.
She was retired from a commissioned sales position with Sears Department Store’s
Furniture Department, where she was their top sales person in a male dominated field.
She was very active in the local art community, holding office in AVAC, Beaver Valley
Art League and Merrick Art Gallery.
In her young years, she dabbled with drawing with India ink switching to oil,then
acrylic and settling with her passion, water color painting. She taught various work-
shops and also taught weekly classes in her home with her beloved, longtime, water
color students until she was 90 years old. She felt everyone had artistic talent and
they just needed a little encouragement to bring it to fruition. While the community
may know her as a talented artist and instructor, we, her family, know her as a dedi-
cated mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We thank God that we have been
blessed with her as the matriarch of our family.
Friends will be received on Sunday, October 31st from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the
Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca where services
will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. Private interment will follow in Sylvania Hills
Memorial Park, Rochester.
To share online condolences, light a memorial candle, add photos and other inform-
ation, please visit Grace’s permanent memorial site at simpsonfuneralhome.com