Martha Estella Swords, 95, Lawrence, formerly of Ottawa, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

Cremation is planned. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Highland Cemetery in Ottawa.

She was born Aug. 19, 1917, at Syracuse, Kan., the daughter of William Joseph and Rose Mae Else Swords.

She was a 1934 graduate of Ottawa High School.

She had worked as a sales clerk for the Woolworth Co. and for Kansas City Power and Light Co., both in Kansas City. She worked many years at the Ottawa Herald in Ottawa, serving as a typesetter and clerk until her retirement. She was a member of the Ottawa United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Burl Hobbs, Ottawa; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Willie Swords, Ralph J. Swords and Steve Swords; and a sister, Margaret Bryant.

Memorials may be made to the Ottawa First United Methodist Church in care of the Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa KS 66066. Condolences may be made at