Mildred Presnell Swalinski, age 76, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, January 10th, 2022 at Johnson City Medical Center where she accepted the opportunity to be with the Lord. A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Mae Bell Wiseman Presnell. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Swalinski; a daughter, Leslie; and brothers, Vernon and Max Presnell.
She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Don Swalinski, his wife Sherri, and their daughters Carly and Jada who she loved dearly; brothers: Haston Presnell and wife Elena, Lowell Presnell and wife Judy, and Howard Presnell and wife Jackie; sister, Wilma Jean Webber; sister-in-law, Louise; as well as many nieces and nephews will also carry the memories of an amazing woman.
Mildred was a woman of faith and a devoted Christian. She centered her life around family and was the glue that kept everyone together. The footprints of her life were not those of sand on a beach, but those of cement on a sidewalk. Her impact on this earth was felt by all those that met her. The quote from Og Mandino would best define her… “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”
The celebration of her life will be held at Mt. Celo Church on Saturday, January 15th at 11 a.m. Reverend Bill Dages will officiate. The family will receive friends and loved ones an hour prior to service time.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Swalinski family.
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