Nancy Kay Swearingen

Funeral services for Nancy Kay Swearingen, 72, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow in the Clinton Cemetery in Clinton, KS. She died November 8, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.

She was born September 19, 1943 in Topeka, Kansas the daughter of William W. “Doc” and Margaret “Peg” (Clark) Wempe.

She worked for her father at the Wempe Small Animal Hospital in Lawrence for a number of years. She also owned and operated the Pampered Pet Boutique. She loved to shop and collect, but most of all she loved being a mother and grandmother.

She was married to Thomas Henry Swearingen on August 26, 1967 in Lawrence, KS. He preceded her in death on August 11, 2011.

Survivors include her children, Thomas H. Jr. Swearingen, of Elgin, IL, William C. “Bucky” (wife, Cindy) Scribner, of Camdenton, MO, daughter, Heather Van Swearingen, of Marinwood, CA, and Rocky (wife, Becky) Swearingen of Lawrence, KS, three brothers, Dr. Michael Wempe, Odessa, TX, Peter (wife, JoAnn) Wempe, Lawrence, K.C.(wife, Kari) Wempe, Lawrence; 8 grandchildren, Thomas Christie, Lawrence, Kaylee Swearingen of Elgin, IL, Skyler Swearingen, Hollywood, CA; Jacob Scribner of Roeland Park, KS, Cody Scribner of Monticello, AR, Brandon Cooney and Morgan Cooney of San Rafael, CA and Holly Swearingen of Lawrence, KS; two great grandchildren, Sophia Christie and Finn Christie of Lawrence, KS and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Suzanne Swearingen; a sister, Patricia Transmeier and a brother, Stephen C. Wempe.

The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 9, 2015 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The family suggests memorials in her name to VNA Hospice or to Douglas County Fair Livestock Committee and may be sent in care of the mortuary.




5 Condolences

  1. Martin Owens on November 9, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I was saddened to learn of Nancy’s demise. Way back at Lawrence Junior High we had lockers side by side. A super lady then and all the
    years since. I had the privilege to know her and Tom and what a joy to see their contributions to our area.

    Martin Owens

  2. Joyce Elliott on November 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Sorry to read of Nancy ‘ s passing .I remember her from her dad’s office when I was little and our cats were sick. She was very nice and beautiful lady and will be missed very much.

  3. Debra Shirar on November 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I met Nancy at Grant when I was teaching p.e. to Rocky. Classy, caring and give anything for other kids too. Losing a parent is one class we are never taught but with God’s help and family support we do survive. You have a great legacy as children and others in the family to take from your parents and I knew Doc Wempe before your mother. He saved my family’s income many times with his expertise as a vet. God bless you all in your time of need. My prayers are with you.

  4. Linda Tochtrop on November 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Nancy’s death. She was a great lady and so much fun to be around. I am sure she has already arranged a family reunion with everyone who went before her.

  5. michele (Garrett) simpson on November 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    To Tommy, Bucky and all of the Wempe/Swearingen family. I knew most of your family a long time ago from Grant, Doc’s and The Pampered Pet. I actually spent a “Career Day” with Nancy at the Boutique. She was even a chaparone on our field trip by train to Abeline, KS in grade school. My thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Michele Garrett

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