Mary Ann passed away at home with family at her side on Friday, June 7th, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary Ann was born on August 1, 1941 to Ernest and Esther Rued, and grew up in Froid Montana. After graduating from high school in 1959, she moved to Billings, MT., where she met her husband of 47 years, George "Denny" Swan. They built a life together and raised their family in Bellingham Washington. Mary Ann loved crafts, sewing, her card groups and was well known for her beautiful cake decorating talent. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage and loved her family. Her love of angels seems so appropriate now that she is in heaven watching over us all. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father Ernest, brother Manny, and father in law Bud. She is survived by her loving husband Denny; mother Esther Rued; brother Jim (Karolyn) Rued; children Troy (Jane) Swan, Deanna (Bryan) Van Beek; grand-children Kristi, Anika, Joshua, Anthony, Kendra and Nathan; great-granddaughter Lillian, and mother in law Jean. A celebration of Mary Ann's life will be held on Tuesday, June 18th, 1PM at Greenacres Memorial Parke, Ferndale, WA. In lieu of flowers, her family requests memorials be given in her name to Whatcom Hospice, in recognition of the loving care that she received.
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Published in Bellingham Herald from June 16 to July 15, 2013