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Regina Dyer

March 26, 1934 ~ November 22, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Regina Dyer Obituary

Graveside services for Regina Theresa Klevenski Swonke Dyer (R.T.D.) of Arp will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Williams Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Hanson officiating.

Regina died Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at home surrounded by her family. She was born March 26, 1934, in Plantersville, TX to the late John and Mary Klevenski.

In early life, Regina lived in Houston and moved to Arp in 1979. She was of the Catholic faith.

She loved her family wholeheartedly. She was a magnificent mother – no one could ask for a better mother. She was a blessing to everyone who knew her. She had a big heart and would help anyone at any time. Her unique style and personality left an impression on everyone she met. She could light up a room with her laugh and her dimpled smile. She was the life of a party. Simply put…she loved, and she was and will forever be loved.

She was the best Grandma. Her grandkids that spent time with her will have the greatest memories of her. Everyone knew you didn’t mess with two things in her life – her kids and her grandkids!

Regina led a remarkable life from raising her beloved children, spoiling her grandkids, making German sausage, learning how to belly-dance to playing the role of “Big Nose Kate” in reenactments at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, AZ.

She was an outstanding cook. She could take next to nothing and make something delicious. If you came to her home, within minutes there was a spread of food on the bar. No one ever left her house hungry.

In her early years in Arp, she was always outside working in her yard with a .38 pistol strapped to her hip. Each December, she had a walk-through Christmas scene at her house. Over the years, thousands of people came to see it.

Regina was preceded in death by her parents, one child, four brothers, two husbands, and numerous other family members and friends.

Regina is survived by:Children:  Belinda (Bobby) Anderson, Judy (Larry) Gring, Ronnie (Lisa) Swonke, Vivian (Scooter) Hiliger, Joey (Jodi) Swonke and Maye (Clint) Dark.

Grandchildren:  Spanki (Jamie) Mills-Farris, Dakota (Greg) Macksood, Megan (Richard) Chandler, Jade (Dustin) Swonke-McCoy, Jace Swonke (Nikki Brousseau), Brody (Courtney) Pless, Jaron Swonke (Syndee Martin), and Garrett Pless.

Great-grandchildren: Bella-Grace Chandler, Haven McCoy, John Bentley Chandler, Conner McCoy, Cassius Dale Pless (Hitt), Blakeleigh Ann Pless, Paisleigh Lane Pless, Ellie Makenna Pless, Baylen (Haley) Mills, Pacen Mills, Brylen Mills, Paisley Mills, Chatham Macksood, Maron Macksood and Cardon Macksood. Great-great-grandchild: Reed Mills. Sister:  Anna Mae Kimich in addition to many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Special thanks to:Rhonda Lummus, the absolute most precious “Grandma Sitter”. She spoiled Regina with daily sweet treats and provided amazing love & care.

Rhonda Dark & Amanda Cook. Even though their time was short, they jumped right in and provided excellent care.

Hospice of East Texas: Nurse Tabitha Phillips, Aide La’Quita Hampton, & Case Worker Samantha Dolese.

After the service, family and friends are invited to meet at Long Ears For Christ Church, 18313 Hwy 135, Arp, TX 75750.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Regina to: Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup.

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Graveside Service
November 29, 2023

1:00 PM
Williams Cemetery
intersection of State Highway 64 and FM 3226
Tyler, TX 75707


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