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“Rex and family, On behalf of the Don & Dayle Martin family (Dayle, Dan and Gaye), I want to express our sorrow at your deep loss. Marilyn and...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Dan Martin - Hermitage, TN

“Clara and the rest of the Swails family, It is hard to lose someone near and dear to your heart. You take one day at a time, you live for the...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Ann Nida (Pfab) - IA

“I was sorry to hear Jean has passed away. She was a very sweet person with a warm, caring personality. She always greeted you with a friendly...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Bob & Mary Hudson - Fairfax, IA

“We were very sad to hear of Jean’s passing she was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. We always enjoyed getting together with her,...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Dorothy Carter - Melbourne, FL

“Just learned this evening of Marilyn's passing. Rex, we will keep you and family in our prayers. we have had a great relationship through the...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jim & Hazel Hudson - Cedar Rapids

“We are thankful to have lived next door to Marilyn for the past 15 years. We especially enjoyed our hours of fellowship on the front porch. She was...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Chuck & Lisa Bogh - Coralville, IA

“Truly one of, if not the the best, people that I have ever known. She loved her mission in life, & executed it very well. She will be missed by her...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Bud Schwab - Newton, IA

“I remember spending times with Aunt Jean and the rest of the family at the river. Aunt Jean was a loving and caring person. She will be truly...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy (Johnson) Collins - MO

“To the relatives she was known as Jean. If you called her house and ask for Jean Rex knew it was someone from her past. Of the thirty three Carter...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Shirley Dodson - Lone Tree, IA

“Marilyn was truly one of a kind! She was very kind and compassionate, always putting the needs of others before hers. She is now free of pain and...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Bud and Georgia Johnson - PA


Marilyn Jean Swails, 85, longtime resident of Coralville, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 under the compassionate care of Mercy Hospice.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, February 1, 2013, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in her memory to Mercy Hospice of Iowa City. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

Marilyn Jean Carter was born September 5, 1927, in West Liberty, Iowa the daughter of Alfred and Gladys (Watkins) Carter. She graduated from West Liberty High School in 1945. She attended Mercy School of Nursing in Iowa City. Marilyn was united in marriage to Rex D. Swails on July 29, 1947, at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. The couple soon made Coralville their home, first on 10th avenue and later at their home on 20th. Avenue where they still resided. Marilyn spent many years in the home caring for her family, especially the needs of their son, Loren. She was a member of the Coralville United Methodist Church, ARC, and the Coralville Library.

Her family includes her husband, Rex; son and his wife, Dennis and Clara Swails of Solon; daughter and her husband, Jennifer Swails and John Wenger of Nashville, TN; three grandchildren, Tracy Swails and Cindy Green, Shawn Swails and Bryndon Wenger; three great-grandsons, Robert, Andrew, and Benjamin Swails; her brothers, Robert Carter (Dorothy) of Melbourne FL; Alfred Carter Jr. "Bud" of West Liberty; and sister, Donna Carter Johnson and Wendell of Springfield, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Loren Swails; and a brother in infancy.