Nima Lea Swain

Published 5:02 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Nima Lea Swain, age 71, of Plymouth and formerly of Washington, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Nima was born Aug. 11, 1948, in Washington to D.S. Swain Jr. and Margie Respess Swain. She spent her earliest years living above the family’s general store at Acre Station before moving to Washington in 1952. Nima matured into a pretty, vivacious teenager in Washington, graduating from Washington High School before attending Vardell Hall in Red Springs and Chowan College in Murfreesboro. In her twenties, Nima moved to Florida, where she married and became the proud mother of two children, Laura and Stan.

In later years, she returned to North Carolina, living in both Beaufort and Pitt counties. In recent years, Nima lived at Washington Manor in Washington and Roanoke Landing in Plymouth.

Nima was known for her sense of humor, generosity and love for her family, especially her grandchildren. Despite a long-time struggle with mental illness, Nima maintained a good sense of humor. She especially loved talking to people, family gatherings, eating out, funny movies and a good joke (dirty or clean). She was an unforgettable character and will be missed by her family.

Nima is survived by her sister, Amy Swain, of Louisburg; her brothers, D.S. Swain III, of Chocowinity, and Galen Swain, of Pinetown; her daughter, Laura Scherer (Jud), of Melbourne, Florida; her son, Stan Safranski, of Roper; her grandchildren, Kelsey Scherer, of Washington, Jamie Scherer, of Utah, Tommy Comfort, of Bath, Kayly Comfort, of Bath, Kaitlyn Hershey, of Michigan, Andrew Scherer, of Melbourne, Florida, and Zoey Scherer, of Melbourne, Florida; and her former husband, Stan Safranski Sr., of Florida. She is predeceased by her mother and father and her brother, Eric Swain.

A private burial service will be held at the Swain family plot at Oakdale Cemetery, with a memorial service to be held at a later date as circumstances permit.

Arrangements are by Washington Funeral & Cremation, Hillside Chapel.