Mary Catherine "Kitty" Candler Swayngim, age 76, died May 4 2018.
Kitty was born and lived most of her life in Buncombe County. She was the daughter of the late Catherine and Coke Candler, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners from 1946-1968. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Randolph Swayngim; son, Steven Randolph Swayngim; sister, Noreen West Moore; and brother, Edgar Washington Candler.
Kitty attended Enka High School, Western Carolina University, and UNCA. She was a successful and appreciated teacher for 30 years at Candler Elementary School and a devoted supporter, Deacon and choir member of Hominy Baptist Church.
Mrs. Swayngim was graced with a gentle and supportive personality. She was always brave and self-controlled in the most problematic circumstances and was an exceptional caretaker. Possessing exemplary character, Kitty remained Kitty and never permitted those with adverse lifestyles to alter what she knew as the right way to live. She was embellished as a model for being a good citizen and possessing the viewpoint of a humane being.
Kitty is survived by her son, Douglas Candler Swayngim and wife Cynthia "Cindy"; grandchildren, Rebecca and Josh Swayngim; sister, Miriam "Mimi" Cole and husband Marvin; and daughter-in- law, Sofia Swayngim.
Memorial services will be held at Hominy Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday May 12, 2018.
The family will receive friends an hour before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hominy Baptist Church or to Memory Care.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.