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Wanda Lee Hillesheim, 87
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Mrs. Wanda Lee Swann Gifford Hillesheim, 87, of Alexandria, TN, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Hillesheim was born in Overton County on June 13, 1929, the daughter of the late George and Rosie Johnson Swann. Her husband, David George Hillesheim preceded her in death on August 27, 2013. She is also preceded in death by her son, Howard Gifford Jr.; one brother, Cordell Swann; five sisters, Eunice Jones, Sarah Whitfield, Jewell Dailey, Pearl Swearingen and Tina Haney.

Mrs. Hillesheim attended Ward-Belmonnt College. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Lebanon, TN. She was vice-president of Goehner & Eaves Furniture Store in Belleville, Ill. For 30 years prior to her retirement and moving to Alexandria in 1982. Mrs. Hilleshiem was an active part of the Alexandria Senior Citizens for 20 years and serving two of those as the Executive Director.

She is survived by two children, Garrett Davis and Adrienne Lee Gifford, a step-child, Justin Jackson, and her daughter - in-law, Margaret Hawkins. Mrs. Hillesheim is also survived by one brother, and one sister, Frank Swann, of Chicago, IL and Georgia Boles, of Alexandria, TN.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hillesheim were conducted Saturday, August 27, 2016 from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home. Interment followed at Hillview Cemetery.

Avant Funeral Home, was in charge of the arrangements.


Smithville, TN

August 31, 2016