Earlene Swaim Storey, 101 and a longtime resident of Huntsville, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Mrs. Storey was born in Scottsboro on July 24, 1919. A descendent of some of Jackson County’s earliest settlers, Mrs. Storey was the daughter of Hugh and Maggie Swaim and the youngest of nine children.

Coming from a lineage of homesteaders and farmers, Mrs. Storey developed a lifelong love of the soil and growing things. She attended Temperance Hill Grammer School. At a 2016 reunion of alumni commemorating 50 years after the school’s closure, Mrs. Storey was honored as the oldest alumnus present.

She was a 1938 graduate of Jackson County High School (now Scottsboro High School). After graduating, Mrs. Storey worked at the City Café, owned by her brother, Mose Swaim. She managed the restaurant for two years when her brother was called into active service and kept the business profitable.

This was during the war years when there were supply storages and rationing. After World War II, she married Ewing Storey, a recent veteran and teacher from Sand Mountain, and settled in Huntsville.

Mrs. Storey was a devoted homemaker whose family was always the center of her life. She loved her friends and church family. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church and Billie Scott Sunday School class.

Mrs. Storey’s gift and passion for gardening was well known. She gained local attention for her extensive spread of flowers, which she maintained through the summer of her 99th year.

Mrs. Storey’s impressive backyard garden has been featured in newspaper pictorials and recent local TV news segments. Her irises and daylilies won numerous blue ribbons through the years. On her 100th birthday in 2019, Mrs. Storey received recognition from The Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association and Horticultural Research Institute for her contributions to the field of horticultural and its healthful benefits, as well as sharing her gardening knowledge. Mostly, though, she enjoyed welcoming visitors to her garden and sharing arrangements with friends and church family.

In 2019, Mrs. Storey was furthered honored for her contributions to gardening and the beautification of the community by the cities of Huntsville and Scottsboro. Scottsboro proclaimed July 24, 2019 as Earlene Storey Day.

Mrs. Storey was preceded in death by Ewing Storey, her husband of 60 years; her parents, Hugh Franklin Swaim and Margaret (Carter) Swaim and siblings, Hugh Maples Swaim, William Swaim, Carter Swaim, Vesta Swaim Hembree, Estelle Swaim Porter, Odessa Swaim Marsh, Vicky Swaim Grob and Robert Mose Swaim.

She is survived by her children, Robert Storey (Joyce), Richard Storey (Deborah) and Margaret (Storey) Ireland (Trey); five grandchildren, Robert Storey II, Bryan Storey (Emma), James Storey, Jennifer Ireland Adams (Lance) and John Ireland (Emily); three great grandchildren, Logan Storey, Hudson Storey and Kennedie Storey and many special nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 10 a.m., at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church. (www.laughlinservice.com)

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