2008-03-06 / Obituaries

Nancy C. Swanson, 78

Nancy C. Swanson, 78, of 1106 East Shore Rd., died Feb. 12, 2008 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Robert G. "Gerry" Swanson.

Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Lucille (Lind) and Robert Cook of Cranston. She was a graduate of Pembroke College, Brown University, class of 1951. She and her husband owned and operated Swanholme Farm, a dairy farm in North Kingstown, for 35 years until 1986. With her husband, she was an enthusiastic sailor, cruising Narragansett Bay and occasionally as far as Nantucket and Provincetown. She was an avid potter, dog lover, bird watcher, gardener, beach lover, genealogist and had a keen interest in New England history. She served on the North Kingstown School Committee, and was very active in local Republican politics and agricultural organizations.

She is survived by her children, Robert Swanson and his companion Patricia Smith of Richmond, Martha Neale and her husband George of Jamestown, Eric Swanson and his wife Lisa of Matunuck; and a sister, Bette-Lou Mahon of East Lyme, Conn., She was the beloved "Grandma Ba" to her nine grandchildren: Robert and Everett Swanson; Cory, Tucker, Hadley and Chandler Neale; and Winfield, Elinor and Clark Swanson.

Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of her life, which will be held at her home in Jamestown on Sunday, March 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. Donations to the R I Audubon Society or South County Art Association in her memory will be greatly appreciated.

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