August 31, 1924 ~ April 23, 2019

Born in: Helfin, LA
Resided in: North Chesterfield, VA

Oletha Swain was born on August 31, 1924, in Helfin, Louisiana, (Webster Parrish)
to her parents, Esaac Tillman and Sallie Bailey Tillman. She was the youngest of nine children born in the family. She was raised surrounded by her brothers, Thelma, Wilmer, Elmer, Elijah, Moses, Wallace, and her sisters, Lorraine and Eliza. She received her early education in Louisiana where she completed the eleventh grade.

A woman of faith and belief in the Lord, Oletha accepted the Lord as her personal savior at a very early age. She currently was a member of Cedar Street Baptist Church of God in Richmond, Virginia, Pastor Dr. Anthony Chandler.

Oletha first married, Floyd A Hamlet to this union, Stella, Gloria, Floyd, Leonard, and Mary were born. She married, Nathaniel Swain on April 10, 1959, to this union, Deborah, Ellen, and Nathaniel, III, were born. Nathaniel preceded her in death on November 12, 1998. She was blessed with twenty-seven grandchildren; fifty nine great grandchildren; and thirty great great grandchildren, who all were an additional source of joy and pride in her life.

Oletha was employed by Denver General Hospital in Denver, Colorado as a Food Service Supervisor. She was hardworking, dedicated, and performed her duties with meticulous detail. She was respected by her staff and worked well with the management team. She retired after many years of dedicated service.

Oletha was a fun-loving woman, who enjoyed life and those she encircled. In her free time, she enjoyed cooking. She was passionate about what she prepared. She loved baking pies, cakes, and cookies. Her homemade ice-cream was simply a delight. She loved her family and the quality time spent with them. She was the type of person who never met a stranger and was a friend to many. She didn’t mind lending a helping hand to anyone in need. She would open her home and her cooking without hesitation. She had a golden heart with a light that will forever shine. To know Oletha was to love her.

She is preceded in death by husband, Nathaniel Swain, Jr.; a son, Leonard Hamlet; a daughter, Mary L. Hamlet Jones; her parents, Esaac and Sallie Tillman; and all her siblings.

Oletha Swain departed this life to the embrace of the Lord on April 23, 2019, in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Those left to cherish her memory and mourn her loss include 2 sons, Floyd A. Hamlet of Aurora, Colorado and Nathaniel Swain, III of Chesterfield, Virginia; 4 daughters, Stella L. Hamlet-Vasquez, Gloria D. Hamlet both of Aurora, Colorado, Deborah M. (Dion) Nesbitt of Washington, DC, and Ellen D. Williams of North Chesterfield, Virginia; 27 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; 30 great great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.


Visitation: May 6, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: May 7, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Interment: May 7, 2019 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80235

Room: Staging Area "A"

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  1. Mom thank you for the 58 years of being in my life. I thank GOD for you everyday, I miss you so much right now, but I know you are having a wonderful time in heaven with everyone. Tell daddy , Mary, Leonard, and everyone else I love and miss them too. I’m happy you are at peace now, and again I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU EVERYDAY.

  2. Grandma I have known you since I was 9 or 10 yrs old. I know I had drove you nuts at one point , but I think we all did. You have always yelled at us stay out your kitchen while you were cooking because we would be in there tasting all of your delicious food. But now it’s time for you to rest. I will always remember you and you will always be in my heart. Love you grandma swain😘

  3. Grandma, thank you for helping with raising me at a young age. You were truly beautiful inside and outside, you accepted my family (my mom, sister and myself) as your own. You will truly be missed but never forgotten. All your pain and struggles are gone now you can live on in peace and eternity. R.I.H Love you

  4. My Grandma,
    Beautiful,Loving,kind, dependable, strong,determined,Wise, patient,understanding, Kindred Spirit, soulful,Nurturing, honorable, God fearing, Sweet, gentle, firm, brilliant, Our families glue, and more, she is everything. I love YOU! Peace in Heaven

  5. Grandma, I miss you very much just hearing your voice in the background made me smile even when you were yelling. I will do my best to carry on what you built. Rest In Peace grandma love ya much

  6. My Grandma,
    Phenomenal, brave,wise,kind sweet, loving,nurturing,patient, beautiful, God fearing, soulful, Kindred spirit, strong, determined, dependable, empathetic, caring, sharing, open minded, my families glue, and more. I love you peace in heaven

  7. Grandma thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for teaching me what love is. Thank you for all the memories in my heart that I carry day to day. Loving you always and forever, rest in paradise

  8. I love you grandma always and forever. Thank you for loving me and teaching me how to love. you will be missed but never forgotten! Rest in paradise

  9. You will truly be missed, a heart so gentle and pure with the way you would smile and carry your self. The way you laughed and had fun with every one that came around you. You gave so much joy that will carry on for a lifetime with a legacy that you have given us as a family. The smell of the kitchen when you would cook as we grew up for the holidays. I love you so much.

  10. Our prayers are with all of you. Sorry we can’t be there but you are in our thoughts.
    Renee Francois & Family and Jackie & Bubba LaCour

  11. Our prayers are with all of you. Sorry we can’t be there but you are in our thoughts.
    Renee, Eric & Jalil Francois and Jackie & Lawrence LaCour Jr

  12. Grandma thank you for the legacy of family, good food and love that you’ve left. I will love you always and forever.

    Until we meet again!

  13. Aunt Oletha reminded me so much of her sister, my grandmother, Lori Tillman Talley. We will miss your sweet spirit, your love for life, and the fire in your eyes, Auntie. We love you and we’ll see you again in the morning…

  14. Georgia L. Cannon
    I am so sorry about the Miss spelled words once auntie timeline. I could note delete the post.

    • Mom you took us in when we had no place to go. I thank you so much for your big heart, your love and support. You will always be in my heart.

  15. Beautiful, Mighty, steadfast, my auntie. I think God for your life Aunt Oletha. My grandmother Lorrie Talley loved you and we do to. To the family may God strengthen you during this time of Bereavement. We love you all and look forward to spending time with you at this great home going. My condolences to my cousins . To live is Christ but to die is gain.

  16. Ms. Swain lived a long and beautiful life and she will be missed dearly. May all her family and freinds be given the peace and strength they need to endure each new day.

  17. To the Family and Friends of Oletha Swain

    Please allow me to express my condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. The pain and sorrow experienced during this difficult time can be overwhelming. However, I am often comforted by the words found in God’s word, the Bible. For instance, when grieving the loss of his dear friend Lazarus, the Bible reports that “Jesus gave way to tears.” (John 11:35). What is even more comforting is the fact that Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, and so like Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, the Bible expresses the hope of the resurrection whereby we may see our loved ones again. (Read John 11:38-44; 5:28, 29). What a marvelous hope.

    May Jehovah God grant you peace during this time and provide comfort for you and your loved ones.


    Link to download the tract Can the Dead Really Live Again?

  18. My the Grace of God be with the family and friends. To my foster sisters and brother Gof had always been with you and you have given this gift of God to ypur children. I’m not there with you but my friend is in ypur present and my to give us comfort do this time. Blessing and love I send each of you.

  19. Oletha I remember you when I was a young girl coming to your house on many occasions with Rosemary Henderson-Porter to visit Stella and the rest of the family. I saw you at the Porters family reunion over 10 years ago at City Park. I am praying for the family.

  20. May god bless you all at this time,are prayer are with you. Thanks for being are neighbor for over 25 years. Miss you all. Love the Law and Pender Families.

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