Catherine Adele Swink, age 97, of Alvin, Texas passed away Sunday, December 6, 2020 in Alvin. Catherine was born August 29, 1923 in Richland, Texas to Bill and Pearl Pinkard. Her mother and baby sister, Juanita, were killed in an automobile accident when Catherine was 8 years old. Her father was also seriously injured. Catherine and her siblings were raised by grandparents and a bachelor uncle. Catherine assumed a motherly role toward her younger sisters and brother. Throughout her life, she had great empathy for other children caught in similar circumstances.
She graduated from high school and married Alfred Swink in May, 1940. They moved to Alvin where Catherine lived for nearly 80 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Alfred Swink, her parents, Pearl and Bill Pinkard, brother, Billie Pinkard, and sisters Betty Jo Wilson and Juanita Pinkard.
Catherine was a homemaker and Lutheran by faith. She and Alfred enjoyed traveling in their travel trailer. They lived in Tennessee for a brief time while he worked on an after-retirement job. Later, she traveled with her sisters and family. In recent years, she followed family on Facebook, played games on the computer, and was a whiz at working crossword puzzles. She spent a lifetime doing handiwork of all kinds, including sewing, various crafts, and needlework. Crochet was her specialty. She crocheted bedspreads, tablecloths, hats, slippers, Christmas ornaments and numerous afghans, one of which earned 2nd place at the Texas State Fair. The products of her endeavors serve as loving reminders of her to family and friends.
She was a member of the Red Peppers Red Hat club, the Alvin Museum Society, the Algoa Extension Education Club, the Alvin Rebekah Lodge, and was an advisor to the Rebekah’s Theta Rho Girls .
Catherine is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Miller and husband Emmit of Alvin, son, James Swink and wife Glenda of Fredericksburg, sister, Bobbie Ann King of Spring, 5 grandchildren: Cathy Hall and husband Kraig, Jim Miller and wife Nancy, David Miller and wife Keda, Sue Stankus and husband John, Richard Swink and wife Dawn, 7 great-grandchildren: Michelle Derks and husband Cole, Amy Hall, Ryann Cline and husband Austin, Christopher Miller, Jackson Miller, Lexi Miller, Cade Miller and 4 great-great-grandchildren: Collins, Seeley, Hayes, and Wells Derks, along with numerous other family members and dear friends.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial tributes are suggested to the Alvin Historical Museum, the Alvin Education Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Scott Funeral Home 1421 East Hwy 6, Alvin, Texas 77511. (281) 585-1000 www.scottfuneralhome.net