By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
Teresa Swain had cheerful outlook on life regardless of what situation presented itself.
Family members said she enjoyed crafts, cross-stitching, growing flowers, and cooking — manicotti and enchiladas were her favorite.
K.P. Jaquess, Swain’s grandfather, said she loved a crowd, which is one reason why she loved her job in the accounting office of the local Wal-Mart.
“She loved to work better than anyone I’ve ever seen,” Jaquess said.
Teresa Swaim died Oct. 12, 2004.
According to family members, she never met a stranger. She was kind and loving to everyone.
Cody Swaim, Teresa’s husband, said his wife had a lot of faith.
Admiring her strength to persevere, he said, “She lived by what she believed in.”
“Teresa was honest and charitable. If anyone had less than she did, she was willing to share.”
Family members said Teresa took off her own shoes and socks at a convenience store in Albuquerque and put them on the feet of a homeless woman who was walking around barefooted.
“She loved people unconditionally,” Cody said.
Teresa Swaim was born on Nov. 7, 1973, in Clovis, to Jolene and Will Jaquess.
She grew up in Clovis and Portales. She lived in Denver and Albuquerque before returning to Portales. She met Cody Swaim while in high school, they married on Oct. 18, 1997.