Fort Worth, Texas – Julia Sue Stafford Swift, "Juliasue," comfortably passed from this life Saturday, Feb. 12, surrounded by her loving family. She was 84. A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 1:30 p.m., March 11, in the Marty Leonard Community Chapel, 3131 Sanguinet Street, with a reception to follow at the Amon Carter Center at Lena Pope. Born in Wharton, Texas, Juliasue was the daughter of Helen and William Maner Stafford. She loved her family first and foremost and always found a way to see the brighter side of life. Never taking things too seriously and always making those around her feel loved, she truly was a friend to all. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, among many other family members and friends, were her heart and soul. In her early years, she spent time on her family ranch working horses with her father and the cowboys, as well as becoming an award-winning barrel racer. She also participated in swim team, local fashion shows, and many other social events. Juliasue attended Mary Baldwin College, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Christian University. A “Jack of many trades” in her life time, she was a teacher, jeweler, stock broker and more. She loved entertaining family and friends, traveling to the beach, watching the storms, gardening, playing bridge, and a few good margaritas. She became well known for her Christmas tradition of passing out her homemade “Texas Trash” trail mix. She was known as "JS," not only by her family and grandchildren but many others as well. “Grandma” was considerably too old for her. She did however affectionately adopt the name “G-mom” for her great granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Thomas Grover Swift, Jr., and brother, William Maner Stafford Jr. In addition to her sons, Maner Stafford Swift and Thomas Grover Swift lll, Juliasue is survived by her granddaughter, Kenna Noel Swift; great-granddaughters, Julia Raylynn and Tamri Cole; brother, Ernest Wood Stafford; lifelong sister/ friend, Donna Barkholtz, and many, many dear friends. For those wishing to send flowers and cards, the family asks to please contact family members directly for their addresses.
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