Longtime Juneau resident Dorothy Ann (Nething) Swearingen, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005.
She was born April 2, 1931, to Esther and Edwin Nething in Valley City, N.D. She grew up in Wimbledon and Pingree, N.D. While living in Pingree, Dorothy met the love of her life, Jack Swearingen. They were married Aug. 5, 1950.
The Swearingens moved to Alaska in the early 1950s, first to Sitka, where they spent four years, and then to Juneau, where they resided for almost 50 years.
She worked for the Department of Public Safety for 20 years. In 1964, she began as a clerk typist in driver's licensing. In 1965, she became the first radio dispatcher to be hired in Juneau, and in 1967, she was Juneau's first police operations assistant. Dorothy retired from state service in 1984.
Family members said she loved her family. She and her husband made many trips to Ketchikan, Woodburn, Ore. and Jamestown, N.D., to visit family and friends. She enjoyed walking, listening to music and shopping. She also enjoyed spending time in her backyard planting flowers and mowing the lawn.
Her children remember her as a strong woman who was always there for them: "A woman with a beautiful smile and a wonderful sense of style."
She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Edwin; her husband, Jack; and her sister, Marien Gray.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacki Swearingen of Juneau; son, Rick (Barbara) Swearingen of Ketchikan; special friend, Pam Ely of Juneau; brothers, Edwin Nething of Woodburn, Ore., and David (Marge) Nething of Jamestown, N.D.; grandchildren, Daphne (Ty) Humphries and Eric Swearingen of Ketchikan; great-grandchildren, Shelby and James Humphries of Ketchikan, and Heather Sweeney of Camas, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of the Flowers, c/o Parks and Recreation, 155 Seward St., Juneau, AK 99801, or the charity of your choice.