Sweeden, May Louise

June 17, 1935 - October 19, 2013

May Louise Sweeden was born June 17, 1935 in Vickery, Texas and passed from this earth on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  She was preceded in death by John P. Sweeden, her husband of 51 years and her brother, William E. Core.  She is survived by many loving friends and family.  A list of a few are her sons John F. Sweeden and wife Kellie of Richardson, Robin M. Sweeden and wife Phyllis of Garland, nephews Billy W. Core and wife Sharon and Eddie R. Core of Richardson, and niece Fredda L. Holmes of Austin.

If you knew this extraordinary human, you knew a true force of nature.  First and last she was a Mother.  She raised her two boys, John & Robin, niece Fredda, and nephews Billy & Eddie, to be optimistic, hard working and family focused.

She was a true friend to many, the sort who would never break the law for a friend, but if a jailer were to receive a Red Velvet cake and enjoy a piece while on break . . . Well, it wasn’t her responsibility to make sure the inmates were secure during jail staff lunch breaks.

She was also a caterer.  She helped to marry hundreds of couples.  With her cast of co-conspirators close at hand, she saw that every last brides’ dream came true.  With coat hangers, duct tape, flowers, fruit, a tub of butter cream icing and a hot glue gun, she could fix any wedding cake mishap.

She loved her husband of 51 years, John P.  He came to Richardson from his home in Arkansas and moved in down the street from her.  They met during the April 1957 tornado that many say broke the drought of the 1950’s.  They would marry in August of that same year and only parted for a short time when he passed in 2009.  They are together once again.

After learning that her treatment for esophageal cancer was no longer helping, she took a trip to see her nephew Todd Sweeden’s restored mansion in Russellville, Arkansas.  She also went to see her granddaughter Hannah Sweeden perform at the homecoming event Tiger Tunes at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She took her trip to Arkansas the weekend of October 11-13, and even though her body was struggling,  she enjoyed each and every minute of the trip.  When she returned to her home in Richardson, she laid down in her bed and even though she would remain here on earth a few more days, she had finished her travels.

She spent her final days on this earth exactly as she would have wanted, surrounded by friends and family.  Her house was full of family, food, friends, food, laughter, joy, tears and food.

We are all sad that she is gone from our sight for now.  But oh what a difference she has made.

In closing, remember the Roger Miller Song “Arkansas”

I ain’t never traveled much but someday when the money’s such I’d like to see the world and all and maybe go through Arkansas

Arkansas Arkansas I just love ole Arkansas Love my ma love my pa but I just love ole Arkansas

I’d like to get my picture took put it inside my memory book And someday hang it on my wall to say that I’d seen Arkansas

Arkansas Arkansas I just love ole Arkansas Love my ma love my pa but I just love ole Arkansas

My Grandpa was always good I’d play horsey on his foot He’d tell me when I’d get tall we’d both go see Arkansas

Arkansas Arkansas I just love ole Arkansas Love my ma love my pa but I just love ole Arkansas

The family will receive friends at 2PM on Sunday, October 20 at the family home.  A graveside service will be held at 10AM on Monday, October 21, 2013 at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.  A Celebration of her life memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., at First Baptist Church of Richardson.

Arrangements are under the direction of

ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252


4 replies on “Sweeden, May Louise”

Ed & Nancy Buchtel says:

Dear Family Members:
We are so very sorry to learn of Louise’s passing. She was such a wonderful person and friend to all. She will be greatly missed. Please accept our sincere words of sympathy, and know we understand and appreciate your sorrow.

Tom Brooks says:

Louise was always a joy to be around. We missed her at Rotary when her catering business took her away most meeting days, but it was always great to see her when she catered our events.

Jeanie Curto & The Bunko Buddies says:

Condolences to all of you in the Sweeden clan. God blessed you with an amazing matriarch; may your family feel her love and joy through these sad times. Louise spoke of you all with such pride at our monthly Bunko. She and her sixes will be missed.

Robbie Hazelbaker says:

This was a complete surprise to me although I knew she was a battling one of the only things that might be tougher than her.
What an amazing lady. Her work ethic and love for so many that she employed to help her make a lifetime memory for so many brides was truly a sight to see. She may not have realized that she can add my two daughters college education to her list of many achievements because I know she referred me to at least 100 brides to handle their music over the last 14 years. I loved this lady, and everyone of her family members I got to meet. I am so sad that this memorial came and went when I wasn’t paying enough attention. As soon as I could, I asked God to welcome her to his kingdom, yet I know he already knew what a special lady she was here, and how much she was looking forward to seeing John again.We will miss her, already do, and celebrate all that she did while she was serving the Lord on Earth. I can only hope that she had time to celebrate her accomplishments before going to a place where there are no worries.

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