Eva LaVerne Swallow, 64, passed away on Feb. 3, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after being diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago. She may have lost the battle, but the Heavenly victory is now hers. She was born on Aug. 29, 1946, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Ralph and Bernice (Williamson) Swallow. LaVerne graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1963 and attended Southwestern Assemblies of God College. She worked for Braniff Airlines for 16 years, was co-owner of Hefty Hero and I Canít Believe Itís Yogurt and was most recently employed with Home Depot in Dallas. Animals were her passion and she opened her heart and home to numerous abused and neglected animals over the past several years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bernice Swallow; brother, Mike Swallow; and great-niece, Ashley Bazan.

Survivors include her father, Ralph Swallow, of Waxahachie; niece, Tonya Swallow Bazan and husband, Carlos of Waxahachie; great-niece, Lauren Bazan and fiancť, Jeremy Hargrave of Denton; great-nephew, Jeremy Bazan and significant other, Sarah Presley of Waxahachie; brother, Roy Swallow and wife, Anna of Rhome; niece, Casey Swallow of Duncanville; niece, Lindsey Swallow of Frisco; niece, Holly Jean of Godly; many great-nieces and numerous dear and precious friends.

A family visitation and viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb 7, 2011, at Waxahachie Funeral Home.

A celebration on life service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Waxahachie Funeral Home.

The family would like to express deep gratitude to Dr. Wang and the staff at Presbyterian Hospital for their care and to special friends Marlena, Bethany, Marcy and Terri. You were such a God send to Aunt Laverne during her illness and treatments.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Cancer Society or to an animal rescue organization of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Waxahachie Funeral Home. You may sign an online guest book at www.waxahachiefuneralhome.com