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.
Broadcast for funeral services can be found at glendaleward.com