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Edna Bernadine Ortega

Edna Bernadine Ortega was called to join her heavenly father on January 9, 2014. She was born on December 22, 1925 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Charles and Anna Elizabeth (Oliver) Swearinger.

In 1945 Edna was united in marriage to Jose Ortega, who preceded her in death. During their marriage they were blessed with 12 children. She worked as a cashier and in the laundry industry for many years. They made many lifelong friends and an abundance of family.

Edna enjoyed being surrounded by her loved ones and loved to cook. She was known for her Sunday dinners and the whole family would attend along with friends and neighbors; if you were not a part of the family you were by the time you left. Edna retired in 1989 and moved to Cabool, Missouri, in 1990 with her husband, Jose. She enjoyed her retirement and loved living in Missouri. This didn’t stop her cooking Sunday dinners or being surrounded by her loved ones.

She leaves behind 11 children, Phil Ortega of Gainesville, Missouri, Josie Adams and husband Kenny of Pekin, Illinois, Chuck Swearinger and wife Judy of Airagon, Georgia, John Swearinger and wife Deb of Peoria, Illinois, Joe Ortega and wife Pat of Peoria, Illinois, Antia Callear of Peoria, Illinois, Delores DeFrain and husband Blaine of Woodland, Illinois, Maria Perry and husband Dave of Streeter, Illinois, Terri Kennedy and husband Ed of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, Stanley Ortega and wife Cindy of Cabool, Missouri, and Chris Norris of Peoria, Illinois; and many, many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Edna was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Private funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2014, at the funeral chapel with David Carroll officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at

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