Joan Chapman

Joan Pershing Mangum Swim Chapman
July 10, 1918 - May 26, 2014
Joan Pershing Mangum Swim Chapman passed away Memorial Day, May 26, at Karcher Estates Health Care, at the age of 95. Her two daughters and two of her grandchildren were with her during her last days.
Born July 10, 1918 in Hamlin, Texas to Dr. Thomas E. and Emily Sellman Mangum, Joan Mangum moved with her family to Nampa, Idaho at six weeks of age. She attended Northwest Nazarene Elementary School & Academy and graduated from Northwest Nazarene College and Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1941.
Joan married Charles Merritt Swim on August 17, 1940 in Nampa, and in 1941 they moved to Colorado where they were both employed with Joan's brother Dr. Thomas E. Mangum, Jr. at San Juan County Hospital in Silverton. In 1944, during World War II, both were employed as a team by the Federal Aviation Agency (then C.A.A.) . They were schooled in Seattle, Washington for work in Aircraft Communications & Control and sent to Alaska.
After eleven years at various Alaskan locations, they settled in Anchorage. During these years, three daughters were born to them, Karen Ruth in Anchorage in 1946, Merrill Joan in Fairbanks in 1948, and Sherry Anne in Ketchikan in 1952.
After moving to Anchorage, Joan was employed by the Alaska Department of Health from 1957-1960. In 1960 she became one of the first school nurses with the Anchorage Borough School District and worked at various elementary schools until 1972. During this time, she did graduate education in Public Health and related courses through the University of Alaska, Alaska Methodist University and the University of Washington.
Upon their retirement in 1972, Joan and Merritt moved back to Nampa. Merritt died in 1975 and Joan remained in Nampa until 1983, working as Health Coordinator for Canyon County Head Start for three years.
In July of 1983, Joan married Dr. Paul Chapman of Sierra Madre, California and moved there until June 1991 when they moved to Nampa. Paul died in December of 2013. At the time of her death, Joan was a resident of Karcher Estates.
Joan's survivors include her daughters Karen Swim (Ted) Burton of Lewiston, Idaho and Sherry Anne Swim of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Amy, Merritt and Daniel Burton, and Matthew and David Farson, and five great grandchildren. She has one surviving brother, Dr. Paul D. (Laura) Mangum,a sister-in-law Norma Fischer Mangum, and stepmother Frances Mangum. She also leaves behind numerous loving nieces and nephews whom she treasured dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents Dr. Thomas E. and Emily Mangum, Sr., two brothers and two sisters, and husbands Charles Merritt Swim and Paul B. Chapman.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 2:00 p.m. at Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mangum Scholarship Fund at Northwest Nazarene University. Memories and condolences can be shared at

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Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 6, 2014