Obituary of Anne Swisher Chase
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Anne Swisher Chase, age 87 of Morgantown, WV, peacefully graduated to glory on February 20, 2023, surrounded by her family and pastor. Anne was born June 7, 1935 at her maternal grandparents’ farm near Weston, WV. She was the only daughter of the late L. Bush Swisher, Sr. and Lorraine King Swisher. Anne’s formative years were spent in Morgantown, WV, where she was active at Drummond Chapel Methodist Church; and in Girl Scouts, Rainbow Girls, and 4-H. She was a cheerleader in junior high and played clarinet in the Morgantown High School marching band. She was an accomplished pianist, a vocalist, president of the Junior Music Club, and a 1948 West Virginia Golden Horseshoe winner. Anne graduated from MHS in 1953 and attended West Virginia University as a Home Economics (Consumer Science) major. While at WVU, she was an active member of the Delta Gamma sorority, the Wesley Foundation, the Kappa Phi Methodist Women’s Sorority, and Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society in the integrated field of family and consumer sciences. She was a princess at the Mountain State Forest Festival. After graduation from WVU, she entered (Case) Western Reserve University’s dietetic internship program in Cleveland, OH. Following completion of that program, she became a Registered Dietitian (RD) and worked for the next six years as a dietitian at Fairmont General Hospital, Watts Hospital (Durham, NC), WVU Hospital, and finally, Duke University Hospital. In September, 1960, she married Bruce Chase of Lewisburg, WV, also a graduate of WVU, after which they moved to Durham, NC, where Bruce attended Duke University School of Medicine, graduating as an MD in 1964. Anne was awarded the PHT degree (“Putting Hubby Through”) for her role in helping Bruce through medical school. Bruce served on active duty as an Army Medical Corps officer from 1964 until he retired in 1993. During that time, they lived and raised their four children in Pensacola, FL; Ft. Stewart, GA; Boston, MA; twice in San Antonio, TX; Fairfax, VA; Enterprise, AL; and twice in Germany. For the year that Bruce was stationed in Vietnam (1970-71), Anne and the children lived with her parents in Morgantown. Wherever they were living, Bruce and Anne were active in their local churches and chapels. Anne particularly loved playing piano for Children’s Choir and, with Bruce, coordinating Bible studies. Upon retirement in 1993, Anne and Bruce returned to Morgantown, and often went abroad together on short-term missionary trips to Jamaica, Romania, Germany, and Poland, as well as within the U.S. In addition to her parents, Anne was preceded in death by her older brother, L. Bush (Buddy) Swisher, Jr., in 1968, and her younger brother, Charles (Chuck) Swisher, in 2017. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 63 years, Bruce, and their four children: son David (Paula Leggett), grandsons Kyler and Dashiell, of New York City; daughter Susan (Richard Popovich), grandsons Adam and Trevor, of St. Augustine, FL; son John (Heather Burnett Hicks), grandsons Andrew and Jonathan, and granddaughter Katelyn, of Fairfax, VA; and daughter Amy (Travis Sparks), grandsons Aiden and Emerson, of Sammamish, WA. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Lucretia (Swisher) Carney, San Francisco; and Judy Swisher, Elizabethtown, PA; and brother-in-law Robert Rippey of Strasburg, VA; as well as many nieces and nephews. Anne’s great loves were Jesus, her church, her God, her family, and friends. She loved to entertain and meet people. She was irrepressibly friendly, to whom no one was a stranger. She prized education and was a fierce champion of rights, especially for the hearing impaired. As a wonderful musician and supporter of the arts, she passed on a lifetime love of music and theater to her children and grandchildren. Generous of heart and spirit, she was always looking for ways to help others. A service of celebration will be held Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 3:30 pm at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 308 Elmhurst Street, Morgantown. Anne requested everyone wear bright colors in celebration of her life. Hastings Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Casa Shalom Ministries [Helping Ukrainian Refugees and kids at risk in Romania] https://www.casa-shalom-family.org/ Or by mail: P.O. Box 4671, Charlottesville, VA. 22905To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Anne Chase, please visit our Tree Store
Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Christian Missionary Alliance Church
308 Elmhurst Street
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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