Marian Estelle “Mary” <I>McMahan</I> Swanger

Marian Estelle “Mary” McMahan Swanger

Geneva, Seminole County, Florida, USA
Death 23 Jun 1980 (aged 42)
Nassau County, Florida, USA
Burial Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 11237583 · View Source
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Mary is my biological mother. She was the fourth child born alive to GEORGE BAXTER McMAHAN and BESSIE ESTELLE MOORE McMAHAN. According to Mary's Florida Birth Certificate, she wasn't named officially until November 3, 1938, it was also amended again on August 15, 1958.

She met David Ronald "Ronnie" KEITH, Sr. Abt. 1955 in Florida. They are my biological parents.
She 1st married Robert "Bob" REARDON 07 Nov 1959 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. They divorced 05 October 1977 in Hartford County, Connecticut. No children.
She met Jeffrey Nathan "Jeff" MILLER Abt. 1965 in Connecticut. They had 3 children.
She 2nd married Sherrill Andrew PREACHER 16 March 1974 in Woodbine, Camden County, Georgia. They divorced 21 Mar 1978 in Nassau Co, Florida. No children.
She 3rd married Joseph "Joe" SWANGER 27 April 1978 in Pittsfield Twnsp, Washtenaw County, Michigan. No children.

Mary's life was cut short by a tragic auto accident. She was hit head on by another driver that swerved into her lane late at night on State Road 5, 1 mile north of Yulee, FL. She was en route to her home in Fernandina after spending the evening visiting with family. She had her 10-year-old twin boys (my half-brothers) in the back seat and they mercifully escaped injury. Our Aunt Nina, Mrs. Vernon Lee, raised the boys as her own.

Mary is buried near other family at Bosque Bello. Standing at her grave one can see Container Corporation. It's a lonely and tranquil spot. I pray she has finally found the rest that she was so desperately seeking.


New information found 2015:
U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
NAME: Marian Estelle McMahan
[Marian Whiteley]
[Marian Reardon]
[Marian Miller]
[Marian Preacher]
[Marian Estelle Baxter]
SSN: 263523242
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 5 Jul 1937
Birth Place: Geneva Semin, Florida [Geneva, Florida]
Father Name: George Baxter
Mother Name: Bessie E Moore
Death Date: Jun 1980
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Aug 1953: Name listed as MARIAN ESTELLE MCMAHAN; Apr 1959: Name listed as MARIAN WHITELEY; Oct 1959: Name listed as MARIAN EST REARDON; Oct 1969: Name listed as MARIAN EST MILLER; Jun 1970: Name listed as MARIAN E MILLER; 24 Nov 1975: Name listed as MARIAN ESTELLE PREACHER

I don't know who the WHITELEY was. There might have been another marriage or more children? Another mystery about my birth-mother. If anyone has info on this, please be so kind as to share. Use the "edit" button to send it that way. Thanks so much. Hope your day is blessed.

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Gravesite Details Tombstone has wrong year of birth per her birth certificate.
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marian Estelle “Mary” McMahan Swanger (5 Jul 1937–23 Jun 1980), Find a Grave Memorial no. 11237583, citing Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by GenAngel (contributor 47430398) .