Jan. 21, 1912 – Sept. 29, 2012
Nellie Mae Swanson Satcher-Swain said her longevity – and her smooth skin – were due to her strong belief in God, because instead of worrying about problems, she put them in his hands.
Mrs. Swain, who outlived her five children and several of her grandchildren, was 100 when she died Sept. 29 in Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A native of Anniston, Ala., Mrs. Swain moved to Buffalo in the 1970s.
She was a domestic in the household and helped care for the family of Dr. Edith Sproul and Dr. Arnold Mittelman, researchers and physicians at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
She was married to the late Clarence “Babe” Satcher Sr. and later to the late Mitchell Swain, with whom she moved to Columbus, Ohio, for a time before moving back to Buffalo.
“She loved taking care of the family. She was full of information and history, and had a strong belief and faith,” said her granddaughter, Dianna Satcher-Darby.
At one point, Mrs. Swain temporarily moved back to Alabama and was in a nursing facility where she was crowned queen of the nursing home, Satcher-Darby said.
A dainty woman, Mrs. Swain was particular about her appearance and always wore lipstick, nail polish and pearls. She enjoyed arts and crafts and taking pictures, and she sang in the senior choir at St. John Baptist Church.
Many of her 19 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren gathered in Buffalo in January to celebrate her 100th birthday.
A wake will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral service at noon in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.