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Ethel Marie (Swartz) Frost, 98, died peacefully on the evening of Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Life's Journey Senior Living in Paris, Ill., surrounded by people who loved her. She lived a long adventurous life full of travel, friends and family.
A lifelong resident of Brazil, Ind., Ethel was born Nov. 23, 1919, to Charles and Bernice (Laughlin) Swartz, only one block away from the house at 205 E. Park Street that was to become the Swartz family home for many years. She was the third of eight children. Ethel graduated from Brazil High School in 1937, received a B.A. and later a master's degree in education from Indiana State, and began her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse in Hoosierville.
During World War II she traveled to California to receive training in blueprint reading at the University of California and upon completion began working at Douglas Aircraft. In 1944 she married Merel L. Frost, another Brazil native, who was stationed in California. After the war ended they returned to Indiana, set up housekeeping and had two daughters. They divorced in 1955.
Ethel taught elementary school in Clay County for 39 years at Middlebury, Bridgeton, Jackson Street, East Side and Forest Park. She especially enjoyed teaching Indiana history and brought many interesting details to the classes. She was a founding member of ADK Sorority XI Chapter. After retiring at age 70, she volunteered at the Clay County Food Pantry for over 20 years.
Ethel loved to travel and in her lifetime visited not only the normal travel destinations, but also less traveled sites in Russia, the Ukraine, Greece, Yugoslavia, Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Morocco, Algeria and more. In her 60s she went white-water rafting in Colorado, mountain climbing, hot air ballooning and rode a glider along the mountain ridges of Pennsylvania. She had a truly adventurous spirit.
Most of her life she was a member of the Forest Avenue Evangelical United Brethren/United Methodist church. After it closed, she attended Christ Community Church.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mirian Swartz; and her brothers, Harold Swartz, Alvin Swartz and Karl Swartz.
She is survived by her daughters, Marlene (Rich) Ruble of Grapeland, Texas and Frostie "Karen" (Herb) Hall of Clay City; grandchildren, Marla (Kurt) Johnson and Rich (Abby) Ruble; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Joseph Swartz of Columbus, Ohio, Richard Hugh (Joan) Swartz of Longboat Key, Fla., and Daniel (Joyce) Swartz of Brazil; and sister-in-law, Janet Swartz of Crossville, Tenn.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the funeral to follow at 1 p.m. at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Avenue, Brazil. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Clay County Food Pantry.
Published on March 3, 2018
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