Ila Mae Campbell Swapp

Ila Mae Maxwell Campbell Swapp passed peacefully from this life early on February 2, 2021.  She lived a wonderful long life and passed in Panguitch, Utah at the age of 91.  Ila Mae was born on November 24, 1929 in Cedar City, Utah.  She was the third child of Horace and Ive Maxwell.  At the age of 3 her family moved to Glendale, Utah where she spent most of her life.  A family service will be held for Ila Mae on Monday, February 8th in Glendale.  

Ila Mae attended elementary school in Glendale’s one room schoolhouse.  She then attended high school in Orderville.  She enjoyed her time in high school, as that is where she met Donald Goulding Campbell.  Donald and Ila Mae married on November 26, 1947.  They lived in St. George in the winter while Donald attended trade school.  In the summers they lived on Kaibab Mountain where Donald drove logging truck.

Donald and Ila Mae were blessed with 12 children, 11 whom lived to adulthood.  Those children blessed them with 42 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren.  Donald passed on June 18, 1972, leaving Ila Mae to finish raising their family.

Ila Mae’s family was her greatest joy but she also found joy in serving those around her.   She held several callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including Sunday School teacher, chorister in several capacities, Stake Relief Society Presidency and Primary Presidency member, Blazer scout leader for many, many years, and many other positions.  She also served a mission at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City.  She blessed others with her many talents, which included sewing, gardening and preserving the harvest, music of all types, baking bread, cookies and rolls for anyone she thought might need them, and visiting with anyone who needed her gift of service.  She sent her homemade granola and cookies to each of her children and grandchildren for their birthday and for years she sent a bi-weekly letter to all those would give her their address or email address.

On Aug. 8, 1981, Ila Mae married Garn L. Swapp in Las Vegas, Nevada.   In the 15 years they were married, Ila Mae help Garn work his cattle ranch and extended her love to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well. 

Ila Mae was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald and Garn, her son, Verdel, her parents, Horace and Ive Maxwell, and siblings, Jack Maxwell, Zelda Jackson, James Maxwell, Margaret Clair, and Ken Maxwell.  She is survived by her children, Max (Janice), Jillyn (Loyd) Dille, Mark (Janet), Jacklyn (Brent) Jackson, Marlin (Janice), Mont (Joan), Mason (Margaret), Jennifer (Manny) Mello, Janna (Leo) Koetje, Jerilyn (Paul) Scarpa, and Makay (Colleen), and her siblings, Thell Maxwell, Delwyn Maxwell and Ted Maxwell.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, February 7th in Glendale from 5:00 to 7:00 in the evening.  If you plan to attend the viewing please honor Ila Mae by wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.

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  1. Caroleen Chamberlain February 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    My favorite quote from Ila Mae was “ well we are not in charge”. Such a gracious lady, we sure will miss her.

  2. Boni McCowan February 3, 2021 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    She was dear to me. Loved and will miss her letters. Am happy I got to see her one last time at the post office before we left for Mexico. ❤️❤️

  3. Linda Porter Lamb February 3, 2021 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    What a grand lady Ila Mae was. I grew up with her kids and enjoyed being in her home. She had a great positive outlook on life, even as she grew older. She will be missed dearly.

  4. Patsy Maxwell woods February 4, 2021 at 3:19 am - Reply

    She was my cousin. I grew up with her kids.Jillyn was closest to my age. I send my love and best wishes to all of her family.

  5. Kay and Carol Barton February 4, 2021 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Carol and I loved this sweet friend and neighbor. All the best to the family!

  6. Sylvia February 4, 2021 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Ila Mae you are a blessing to all who were lucky enough to know you. Your lovely children are a beautiful reflection of you. You lived a beautiful life and brought happiness with your music. You had many skills and just always were learning new things. I will miss you and you emails of your life as a lady in Glendale. Rest now and say hello to God for me.

  7. Sharon Ready Babb February 4, 2021 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    My condolences to you and your family Jennifer. Sounds like your mom left a positive impact in many people’s lives. You’re in my prayers.

  8. Stephen Strand February 5, 2021 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Kathy and I always enjoyed visiting with her at Margaret’s home. She was always loving and cheerful. This was a life well lived and love abounded always. We will miss her sweet spirit on this side and we are hopeful for a reunion on the other side when out time comes to move forward. Our blessings and love to all of you.

    Stephen, Kathleen and Adrienne.

  9. Michelle Crofts February 6, 2021 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Ila Mae was the best neighbor when we lived in Glendale – she and Garn always watched out for the neighborhood kids keeping them safe ! Thank you Ila Mae for being the example of a true lady ! I will miss your monthly letters and your humor that was shared in those emails ❤️❤️

  10. Florene Koetje February 7, 2021 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Ila Mae was one of the finest women I have ever known. She raised a wonderful family and I feel blessed to have one of her daughters married to my son. Ila Mae will definately get her reward in Heaven

  11. Gayle Lund Halversen February 8, 2021 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Ila Mae, my cousin, is a gracious and wonderful lady. She was much older than me, as Max and Jillyn were closer to my age, but even with all of her little kids she would let me come and play and stay. My husband and I had a lovely visit with her in her home a year ago. She was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Every other week I looked forward to her newsletter on email, and I loved her sayings that she (who knows where) found. I know that she loved the Lord with all of her heart, and was a wonderful mother and grandma, and I know she raised her family to be the best they could be. Blessings and love to all of you, her family.

  12. Betty Lund Smith February 8, 2021 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Ila Mae was one of my greatest heroes. I told her she was more like my mother Roene Maxwell Lund than any one, because they were always serving everyone. I loved visiting with her on the phone periodically and loved her letters too. I felt like I knew her family from the newsy letters. I will really miss those letters. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. As a child of about 12 on up I loved Donald too and thought they were the cutest couple I had ever seen. I was so sad when Donald died. Someday, maybe on the other side I can meet all of you. I love all the Horace and Ive Kids too. Love to all of the family and extended family too.

  13. Tom and Judy Simper February 8, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    A wonderful funeral for a great woman. We will miss knowing she is Glendale and will miss her great letters. We thank her a lot for her life and her concern for all the Cox family. We are sorry we missed the viewing and being able to share our condolences with the family in person.

  14. Tom and Judy Simper February 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    It was a wonderful funeral for a great lady. We will miss knowing Illa Mae is in Glendale also her great letters. We thank her for her great example and life and for her concern for the Cox family. We are sorry we missed the viewing and being able to share our condolences with the family in person.

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