Samantha Sue Swaney, 44, of Morgantown, passed away on Sunday, March 31st, 2024 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Samantha was born January 12, 1980, the daughter of Helen (Welch) Swaney and the late Larry Delano Swaney.

Samantha was a 1998 graduate of Morgantown High School where she developed a love for sports, particularly basketball, volleyball, cheer, and gymnastics. Following graduation, she found her calling working with service animals to assist the disabled. In her spare time, Samantha loved being with her closest friends and family.

Samantha is survived by her son, Gunner Wilson; mother, Helen J. Swaney (Welch); brother, Larry Swaney, Jr. (Talley); sister, Roberta Nicole Swaney; uncles, Robert Welch (Lee), Chuck Bihun, Jackie Shahan; aunts, Sharon Nagy, Rose Huey, and Joyce Daft; nephews, Austin Cutright, Chase Cutright (fiancé Alexis Woody), Corey Swaney (girlfriend Anna Tingler); nieces, Brittany McDonald, Bailey Longwell (Dylan); great nephews, Wesson Murray, Kaden Longwell, and Grayson Cutright, along with many cousins and her dog, Sissy Bug.

In addition to her father, Samantha was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles including Heidi Shahan, Bonnie and Norm Laraway, Jerry Nagy, Roy Huey, Robin Swaney, and Bill Swaney; grandparents, Robert and Donna Welch, Dorthea and Robert Swaney; great grandparents, Lillian and Gilmer Welch; great aunt, Winifred Welch; and many cousins.

A memorial will be planned for a later date.

Donations can be made to assist the family at

Hastings Funeral Home has been entrusted with cremation arrangements and condolences can be sent to the family online at 

  • 04/04/2024

    Racheal Cress has made a donation of $ 50

    She was a wonderful person, and will be missed
  • 04/04/2024

    Amy Bacorn has made a donation of $ 50

    Prayers for you all.
  • 04/04/2024

    Brooke Schooles has made a donation of $ 50

    I played basketball in grade school with both Roberta and Samantha. This is sad news. She is gone too soon. Sending love to her family and friends.

Samantha Swaney
44 years old

$200 of $2,200

Funeral Home information: Hastings Funeral Home, Inc.
153 Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV, 26505
 +1 (304) 292-8664


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