Former missionary to Colombia, Nancy Lee Phillippe Swauger, of Marion, Ind., has passed away. She was 83. Nancy Lee and her husband, Paul, served as missionaries with Global Partners in South America.

Prior to her service as a missionary, Nancy Lee served alongside Paul while he pastored churches in New York and Georgia. She was also a public school teacher and professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

A graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, Houghton College, and Ball State University, Nancy Lee received a doctorate degree. Her published music and writings are in books, teachers’ manuals, numerous other documents, both in Spanish and English, within The Wesleyan Church and beyond.

On the Metro Move team, which her husband led, she served as instructor, which included seminars in Brazil, Peru, Jamaica, Honduras, Trinadad-Tobago, Suriname, Guyana, Indonesia, Haiti, England, The Philippines, Colombia, and Sierra Leone. Nancy was also co-hostess with her husband on mission group tours including repeated voyages to Caribbean Islands, plus, China, India, and Nepal.

Her husband Paul survives her. The couple has four children, Paul Swauger, Jr., presently of Indiana, Reba Swauger Brane, of New Mexico, Sharon (Mark) Swauger Bardsley, of Indiana, and Nancy A. Swauger, of North Carolina. She leaves behind eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; plus two living brothers, Dr. Thomas E. Phillippe, and Rev. Joseph G. Phillippe. Siblings Reverend William E. Phillippe, Jane Phillippe Edwards, and Patche Lou Phillippe preceded her in death.