Addie Peed Swearingen
name =Addie Peed Swearingen
Addie Peed Swearingen New Mexico philanthropist
birth_date = birth date|1904|5|25
birth_place = Leon County,
residence=Portales, Roosevelt County, New Mexico
death_place=Clovis, Curry County,
death_date=death date and age|2008|6|18|1904|5|25
spouse=William “Hub” Swearingen (died 1975)
footnotes=Swearingen, based on income from
petroleumand natural gas-producing lands, became a major philanthropistin eastern New Mexico.
Addie Peed Swearingen (
May 25, 1904– June 18, 2008) was a former beauticianwho became a philanthropistto Eastern New Mexico Universityin Portales, New Mexico Military Institutein Roswell and Lubbock Christian Universityin Lubbock, Texas. Swearingen and her husband, William "Hub" Swearingen (died 1975), became wealthy through purchasing land and mineral rights, mostly in Eddy County in eastern New Mexico. When petroleumand natural gasdeposits were discovered on Swearingen lands, the income produced enabled Swearingen to become a benefactor of various causes. [http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/062208/obi_293734586.shtml Addie Peed Swearingen | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ] ]
Swearingen was born in Leon County near Centerville in
East Texasto John Oscar Peed (1883-1965) and the former Mary Lee Rodgers (1885-1980). [ [http://countrysister.net/descendantscharts/rogers.htm Joseph Nathan Rodgers ] ] The Peeds settled in the townof Elida in Roosevelt County, where Addie attended several ruralschools and completed high school. [ [http://www.kenleap.com/illumination.html Illumination ] ] She attended beauty school in Roswell and worked for twenty-eight years as a beautician in Santa Fe, thirteen of those years at the La Fonda Hotel. She returned to Elida in 1960 and lived with her mother until the family ranchwas sold in 1979. She then settled in nearby Portales, the seat of Roosevelt County.
scholarships to support students at Eastern New Mexico University in the fields of nursing, the fine arts, accounting, and other academic programs. She donated funds for the ENMU pipe organand displayed her own art collection there, including paintings by Peter Hurd. In 1983, she received the ENMU Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award. She was again recognized as the ENMU Foundation's Philanthropist of the Year in 2002. [http://www.enmu.edu/about/news/story.php?r=327 ENMU Honors Philanthropist of the Year ] ] In addition to her support of ENMU, Swearingen contributed the first scholarship awarded to a female cadetat New Mexico Military Institute. She was also a donor to the musicprogram at Church of Christ-affiliated Lubbock Christian University. Her Addie Swearingen Foundation provides scholarships to assist Roosevelt County High School students from the villages of Dora and Floyd as well as Portales and Elida.
Swearingen died in a
hospitalin Clovis. She had been living in a convalescent center in Farwell, the seat of Parmer County in the Texas Panhandle. She was a member of the Portales First BaptistChurch. Interment was in the Portales Cemetery.
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