Mary Madalene Swetnam

Mary Madalene Swetnam July 18, 1932 – March 22, 2024

Mary Madalene Swetnam, born July 18, 1932, peacefully passed away on March 22, 2024. Madalene was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She attended Stephens College and the University of Missouri where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Madalene enriched many lives as a preschool teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal School and a Kindergarten teacher in Richmond, MO. She was known for her kindness, patience, and sense of humor. Madalene was an active member of the Village Church of Lee’s Summit.

She is survived by her husband of almost 70 years, Wayne Swetnam, her daughter Caren Sprague (Neil), her sons Jeffrey Swetnam (Janet) and Gregory Swetnam (Kris), as well as her grandchildren Leslie Goellner (Nick), Paige Raminfar (Alex), Sarah Roberts (Jacob), Jacob Swetnam, Alexandra Moore (Kyle), Andrew Swetnam, step-grandchildren Max Sprague (Amy) and Garrett Sprague, and great-grandchildren Ayden Raminfar, Blair Roberts, Bode Roberts, Josephine Moore, and Madalene Moore. Madalene was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved granddaughter Rachel Swetnam.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 2:30pm at the Courtyard Community Center of John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit. A reception will follow from 3:00pm-5:30pm in the Courtyard Library. Contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Madalene’s memory.

Madalene will be deeply missed, but her memory will live on in our hearts.


  1. Jayanna Thacker Harrison on March 26, 2024 at 1:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Jill Smith on March 26, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    I am saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know your family are in my heart and prayers. Much love, Jill Smith

  3. Dalana Fitzgerald on March 27, 2024 at 8:27 am

    I’ll always remember her. Such a kind loving lady. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to her family.

  4. Martha (Windsor) Sidney on March 28, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    Your mother was one of the sweetest ladies that I can remember ever knowing. She made me feel so welcome when I would visit your house. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss and my condolences to all.

  5. Carol Evans on April 2, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    To Wayne and the family: Madalene was a lovely lady who brought smiles to all of us here at John Knox Village. Thank you for sharing her with us, Wayne. She will be deeply missed here at JKV. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  6. Saundra Tippins on April 4, 2024 at 2:37 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of this lovely lady’s passing. My condolences to Wayne and family.

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