Nina Belle Schwirian, 83, of Newnan Ga., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Nina Schwirian, loving wife of Earl W. Schwirian, passed away at her home in Newnan Ga., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
She is survived by her daughter, Amy L. Schwirian of Peachtree City, Ga.; her son, Earl W. Schwirian Jr. “Skip”, and daughter-in- law, Anne, of Mableton, Ga.; and a sister, Doris E. Coy of Austin, Texas; as well as two nieces and several grand-nieces.
Nina was born March 14, 1934 in Raleigh, N.C. to parents William and Lucille E. Jones. An excellent student in grade school and high school, Nina attended the University of Pittsburgh and majored in Education. She was a member of the Zeta sorority.
Nina had a passion for music, in which she excelled. Active throughout high school and college, she performed the lead roles in various musicals.
She carried her passion for music into her spiritual life as well. Nina was active in her church choirs and was often featured as a guest soloist.
Nina married Earl W. Schwirian on December 6, 1952 in McKeesport, Pa. They were married for 64 years until Earl’s passing in 2016.
Nina and Earl lived in Akron, Ohio after they were first married, while Earl finished his Masters Degrees at Kent State University. Both Nina and Earl worked for the Goodyear Corporation, where Nina worked as a secretary for the Architectural Division. From Ohio, they moved to Dover, Delaware, where Nina finished getting her teaching certificate at Delaware State University. She taught kindergarten in Dover for several years, pursuing her dream of being a teacher.
In support of Earl’s career as a Chemical Engineer, the family lived in New Jersey, Massachusetts and South Carolina, finally retiring in Wallace, North Carolina in 1997.
Living in Wallace, N.C. for 17 years, Nina and Earl were active members of the First Baptist Church, where she continued to enjoy singing in the senior choir and teaching Sunday School.
Nina was active in the community and volunteered for various organizations, such as helping children to learn to read. As health issues began to overtake Nina and Earl, they moved to Newnan, Georgia in 2014 to be closer to their children.
Nina was a loving wife and mother, who never lost her passion for music or teaching. She loved to read, listen to music and watch classic movies. A gentle, loving person, she was the epitome of southern grace and beauty. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Memorial services for Nina will be held at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan, Georgia, on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 4 p.m., in the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request a donation be made in Nina’s name to either the National Parkinson’s Foundation or The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Nina’s life verse has been 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”