Longtime Juneau resident Marjorie Jean Swanson, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at her home in Juneau with her family at her side after a long and brave fight against cancer.
She was born in Tacoma, Wash., in 1925. She graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma and attended Washington State College (now Washington State University). In 1947, she married Stanley D. Swanson, her husband of 57 years, and worked for the Boeing Company while he attended college. Following Stan's graduation from the University of Washington in 1951, the couple moved from Seattle to Ketchikan. In 1959, Stan and Marge moved with their two sons to Auke Bay, later living in Douglas and Juneau. She taught Sunday School at the Douglas Methodist Church in the early 1960s. She worked for many years for the Alaska Department of Labor, retiring in 1977 as a research analyst.
Following their retirement, Stan and Marge returned to Washington, where Marge went back to college to complete her studies. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1981 with a degree in sociology. She was a strong believer in the value of education, both academic and "life" education. In 1993, they moved back to Juneau, where they had since resided.
During her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends and especially being a grandmother. She was an avid reader all her life and kept current on national and world affairs. She was a conservationist and a faithful Seattle Mariners fan. Her family says, "Marge was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed."
She was a member of the Retired Public Employees of Alaska, the Western Washington University Alumni Association and a member of the Juneau Yacht Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Swanson in June 2004; and her mother and stepfather, Evelyn L. (Campbell) Naslund and Fred H. Naslund of Tacoma.
She is survived by a son, Eric Swanson; granddaughters, Claire Swanson and Valerie Rose, all of Juneau; a son, Carl D. Swanson of Seattle; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Deanna Naslund and nieces, Aimee Naslund and Coree Naslund, all of University Place, Wash.; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church, 1106 Third St., Douglas. Internment will follow in Washington. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK 99801.