Funeral today for slain nurse

Nancy Swift
Staff Writer

A former West Point nurse who was killed on the job last week will be laid to rest in her hometown today.

A Celebration of Life service for Nancy Christine Mitchell Swift, of Pelham, Ala., is 4 p.m. today at Hatley Missionary Baptist Church in Hatley, Miss. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. prior to the service.

Burial follows in Masonic Cemetery in Amory.

A similar service was held Monday at Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster, Ala.

She died Wednesday, March 14 after being shot by a disgruntled employee outside her office at University of Alabama Birmingah Hospital-Highlands, where she was a nursing supervisor.

Swift, who was 63, worked at North Mississippi Medial Center in West Point from 1995 to 2007.

She was director of clinical quality at the hospital when she moved to Alabama.

Born Dec. 11, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Betty Mitchell of Amory. She graduated from Hatley High School and went on to receive her degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women in 1975.
She was a survivor of both breast and colon cancer.

In addition to West Point, she spent 40 years as a nurse at various hospitals in Mississippi and for the last 10 years she was a nursing supervisor in surgery at UAB Highlands.

She is survived by her husband, Tony Swift, who she married in August 2007, her daughter, Angie Mitchell and her husband, Kerry; and two sons, Chad Posey and his wife, Melanie, and Chase Swift; her stepmother, Clytee Mitchell; a brother, Dennis Mitchell and his wife; two sisters, Melissa Lindsey, and her husband, Keith, and Krisha Mims and her husband, Buddy; and a step-brother, Steve Flynn.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-sister, Patricia Mobley.

Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home in Bessemer, Ala. is in charge of arrangements.