Prayers for the People For our sister, Yvette, let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am Resurrection and I am Life,” with our response saying, Hear us, Lord. Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress; draw near to us who mourn for our sister Yvette, and dry the tears of those who weep. Hear us, Lord. You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in our sorrow. Hear us, Lord. You raised the dead to life; give to our sister Yvette eternal life. Hear us, Lord.
Celebration of Life for
Yvette Stephanie Swift August 8, 1951 ~ September 20, 2008
You promised paradise to the thief who repented; bring our sister Yvette to the joys of heaven. Hear us, Lord. Our sister Yvette was washed in Baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit; give her fellowship with all your saints. Hear us, Lord. She was nourished with your Body and Blood; grant her a place at the table in your heavenly kingdom. Hear us, Lord. Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our sister Yvette; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our hope.
Congratulations Mom you gave me life, you were there for me since day one and never left me struggling. Your love for me never faded or diminished. You accomplished so much in life, having a family, great friends, and success. I don’t see you as passing but being reborn. I know you still live within me and everyone that you have touched in your life. As I looked to you for support and guidance in life, I will do the same in your rebirth. You always told me that no matter where you go or how far we are away from each other you will love me and always watch over me. Thank you for not only bringing me into this world but thank you for teaching me how to be the person I am today. I promise you that one day I will be great in my profession and also a great father just as you were a wonderful mother to me. I love you with all my heart and I just want to say congratulations to you. Congratulations for being the perfect person to me and congratulations for being the successful woman that we all knew and loved. Most of all congratulations for making it down the path of life and reaching the ultimate goal to be with your savior. I’ll never forget you Mom, you will always be the woman I love most. ~Love, Billy
Acknowledgement To live in hearts We leave behind Is not to die… The Family of the late Yvette Stephanie Swift deeply appreciates your concern and thoughtful expressions of sympathy during the time when they were most needed.
Arrangements Willie D. Watkins Funeral Home 1003 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30310
September 25, 2008 3:00 p.m. Willie D. Watkins Funeral Home 1003 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30010
Father Lockett, Officiant
Yvette Stephanie Swift Yvette Stephanie Swift was born August 8, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Raymond and Bernice Collins. She departed this life suddenly on Saturday, September 20, 2008 after a brief illness. Yvette was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1969. She continued her education, attending Boston University with a full-paid scholarship. Yvette relocated to California, where she blossomed. She had a passion for the glamorous lifestyle enjoying fine clothes, dining, theatre, and the beach. Yvette was employed at CBS and then Cannon Films where her exposure to the “Rich and Famous” became an extension of her life and numerous celebrities became her friends. Yvette met her former husband, William H. (Bill) Swift, on a blind date in Los Angeles in 1984, and soon after moved from Los Angeles to begin her life with Bill in Atlanta. They were united in marriage in 1985, and from this union one son, William M. Swift (Billy), was born. Yvette continued to have an exciting life, moving with Bill to Houston and San Antonio, Texas, before they settled back to Atlanta, Georgia.
Order of Service Prelude Procession
Clergy and Family
The Collect Special Music
Old Testament Lesson
Isaiah 25: 6-9
[said in unison]
Revelation 21: 2-7
Rashod Dumas Vicki Carter Angela Koger
Remarks Holy Gospel
John 14: 1-6
The Apostle’s Creed [said in unison]
Yvette worked in several professions before she found her passion. After her divorce, she decided to switch her career to real estate. For the last 15 years, she thrived as a successful agent selling homes for more than $1,000,000 and even selling the same multimillion dollar home twice, which directly contributed to her induction into the Millionaires Club. Yvette worked for RE/MAX of Greater Atlanta and most recently Solid Source Realty. She was a member of The Atlanta and DeKalb Board of Realtors and a Habitat of Humanity volunteer where she was active in their community outreach.
The Lord’s Prayer
The Prayers of the People
Special Music “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”
The highlight of her profession, and one of her biggest personal accomplishments, was when at age 46 she bought her first home in Marietta, Georgia. Yvette easily settled into her new home and community as a single, working mother diligently providing a loving and supportive lifestyle for her and Billy.
Even with the accomplishments, Yvette’s work was never done. When the real estate market slowed in Atlanta, she continued to pursue the good life, moving to West Palm Beach. While in Florida she worked for Mirsky Realty Group and Continental Realty before moving back to Atlanta, when the real estate market in Florida took a turn for the worse. Though she struggled through most of her adult life, she was always optimistic, never giving up on opportunities, family, or friends. Billy was always her motivating force and greatest joy! Whether he was William, Billy, or Will, he was her “baby” and never a day passed without her calling his name. As a hobby, Yvette cultivated intellectual relationships with people, often discussing and debating the issues of the day. She enjoyed salsa dancing, Latin music, and jazz. Being of Episcopal faith, Yvette attended African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas in Philadelphia; she had a strong love for God, often spoke of her relationship with God at family gatherings, and recommitted her life to God and a Christian lifestyle while living in Los Angeles. Yvette was preceded in death by a sister, Olivia Collins, and a brother, Raymond Collins, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory a son, William M. Swift; two sisters, Cathy Seay and Deborah Collins; a brother, Cort Collins; a brother-in-law, Andre Seay; a sister-in-law, Rita Collins; a nephew, Damon Collins; nieces, Gabrielle and Brianna Seay; devoted friends, Vicki Carter, Phyllis Graham, Angela Koger, and Janice Miller; other relatives, co-workers, and many friends.
Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff–they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.