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4520 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710
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Iolene Sweeney

Iolene Ann Sweeney (Miller)

Saturday, August 21st, 1937 - Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
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Iolene Ann Sweeney, 81, of Waco passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Providence Hospice Place in Waco. A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, December 23 at OakCrest Funeral Home. Per her wishes, she will be taken to Arkansas and scattered at the end of Boyd Miller Lane close to where she grew up.

Mrs. Sweeney was born August 21, 1937 to W.H. and Irene Herold Miller in Dewitt, Arkansas. She attended school in Stuttgart, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a degree in Education. Iolene taught for several years in Arkansas before moving around with her then husband who worked for the government. After her children were born, Mrs. Sweeney worked for several years in the florist industry before going back in to teaching fifth and sixth grade at St. Louis Elementary School here in Waco. She was known for her diagramming and making her students learn. There were t-shirts made that read “I survived the Sweeney”. She loved teaching and put in long hours grading papers and preparing for her students. She was also known as “the janitor” due to her getting there so early to open the school.

Mrs. Sweeney is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and two brothers, all from Arkansas.

She is survived by daughter, Malea Balmuth and husband, Ed of Granbury; son, Trey Scherwitz of Robinson; twin grandchildren, Eliza and Jake Balmuth, whom she adored; nephews and nieces from Texas and Arkansas; and her beloved dachshund, Puppo.

The family wishes to thank the staff of 4 South at Providence Hospital and Providence Hospice Place for the excellent care they provided. Also thank you to her wonderful caretakers Teresa, Michelle, Francine and Rachel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Providence Hospice Place, 300 W. Hwy 6, Waco, Texas 76712, St. Louis Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund, 2208 N. 23rd St. Waco, Texas 76708, or the Humane Society of Central Texas, in honor of Puppo.
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Sherry LaFountain Lopez

Posted at 07:02pm
Malea, Trey and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful teacher and made a huge difference in many people’s lives. The last time I saw her she was so proud of grandchildren. I was wanting to make it to visition and I am sorry to say I missed it. I will pray for you all as I know it will be difficult. Lovingly, Sherry LaFountain Lopez and Family

Amanda Burke

Posted at 09:16pm
Trey, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Mrs Sweeney will always be one of my favorite teachers. I can say the person I am today, is because she made a big impact in my life! Much love to you Trey, I know losing your mom is so difficult

Amanda Bolfing Burke

Posted at 06:56am
Trey and Malea,
There are no words to comfort you during this most difficult of times. But please know that this world is a better place because of your mom and all the love she gave to her students, to each person whose flower arrangements she composed, and to all of those she encountered in her life. She lives on in the two of you and continues to influence this world even as she has gained her reward in heaven. No one could have been more devoted to their momma and you meant the world to her. I love you guys. You will continue to be in my prayers. Please know i am here if you need a shoulder.

Posted at 06:49am
Trey and Malea,
Thank you for allowing us the honor of caring for your mom during this most difficult journey of her life. We were privileged to hear the stories of her life from her and you.Your mom was a precious lady who impacted generations and will live on through each person she had touched. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
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Shirley Bolfing

Posted at 12:08am
My sincere condolences Trey to you and her loved ones. May you be comforted in the memories of your wonderful mother. God Bless.

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