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Myrle Lutterloh Swicegood Phd.

June 8, 1924 - May 11, 2014
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Myrle Lutterloh Swicegood, PhD, finished her journey on May 11, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, George W. Swicegood, sister, Elizabeth Williams and brother, Charles W. (Jack) Lutterloh. Dr. Swicegood, the daughter of Charles H. Lutterloh and Fannie Dark Lutterloh, was born on June 8, 1924. She grew up on a dairy farm near Pittsboro, N.C. She graduated from Pittsboro High School in 1940 and Woman's College in Greensboro (U.N.C.-Greensboro) in 1944 with a B.S. Degree in Home Economics Education. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service became her vocation. She was a 4-H and Home Economics Agent in Wake...
Myrle Lutterloh Swicegood, PhD, finished her journey on May 11, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, George W. Swicegood, sister, Elizabeth Williams and brother, Charles W. (Jack) Lutterloh.

Dr. Swicegood, the daughter of Charles H. Lutterloh and Fannie Dark Lutterloh, was born on June 8, 1924. She grew up on a dairy farm near Pittsboro, N.C. She graduated from Pittsboro High School in 1940 and Woman's College in Greensboro (U.N.C.-Greensboro) in 1944 with a B.S. Degree in Home Economics Education.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service became her vocation. She was a 4-H and Home Economics Agent in Wake County and District Agent and Special Programs Agent for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service of N.C. State University for 24 years. During this time, she was granted two study leaves to earn her Masters' Degree in Sociology and Counseling and Guidance at N.C. State University and her Doctoral Degree in Adult Education at NCSU and Human Environmental Sciences from U.N.C.-Greensboro. While at NCSU, she designed, authored and implemented the "Lap Reader Program" for North Carolina families. This became the forerunner of Governor Hunt's Early Education Programs in N.C.

In 1980, she joined the Cooperative Extension Service of South Carolina and was based at Clemson University. It was at Clemson where Dr. Swicegood was chosen to be the Assistant Director of Home Economics. People were her passion, and strengthening families was her lifetime, professional goal.

Dr. Swicegood and her husband, George, moved to New Bern, N.C. in 1989. She soon became involved in the community and served part-time as Coordinator of Family Life Activities for the Atlantic Baptist Association. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Carolina East Medical Center and as a Hospice volunteer trainer. Dr. Swicegood was an active member at the First Baptist Church of New Bern, and both the Church and Church Family brought her special joy. She loved her Elizabeth Parker Sunday School Class and enjoyed facilitating a monthly gathering of church members in a group called "Conversations." Dr. Swicegood had a special interest in the youth of First Baptist Church and offered them encouragement to excel and exceed.

Dr. Swicegood received many outstanding honors and awards. These included membership in Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta and Delta Kappa Gamma, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award from the U.N.C.-G School of Human Environmental Sciences, the Distinguished Alumni Award from U.N.C.-G, and the Clemson Chapter of the American University Professors Award of Merit. She was recently inducted into the Jane S. McKimmon Family and Consumer Science Hall of Fame at N.C. State University.

Myrle and her husband, George, felt their greatest honors and achievements were through their daughters: Beth Freistaedter and her husband, Alex, Becky Clark and her husband, Bob, and Linda Williams and her husband, Greg. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, many beloved nieces and nephews, as well as a great multitude of friends, including her special friend, Dick Kidd.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of New Bern at 239 Middle Street on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive treasured friends and family in the Sanctuary of First Baptist one hour prior to the church services. Cotten Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

A graveside service and burial will be at Brown's Chapel United Methodist Church at 355 Chicken Bridge Road in Pittsboro, N.C. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Gifts may be made to the Heritage and Hope Endowment, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1463, New Bern, N.C. 28562, or to the Brown's Chapel Building Fund at Brown's Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 785, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.

Condolences may be made to the Swicegood family at cottenfuneralhome.com


Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory
2201 Neuse Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28560
Phone 252-637-3181

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