Barbara M. Swanson (1932 - 2012)

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Long time Juneau resident Barbara M. Swanson passed on Sunday, September 23, 2012, in Yakima, WA following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Weed, CA, March 6, 1932. Barb's family moved to Juneau in 1935, where her father joined other family members to work the logging industry in Southeast Alaska. She was a 1950 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High school. She was married to Severin Swanson that same year. Barb worked at First National Bank, Channel Branch until retirement in 1978.
When Sev was alive they spent much time on the "Valhalla" fishing and just enjoying traveling Southeast on their boat. When she fished she had a habit of singing to the fish. Of course, no one ever caught fish when she was singing. The family spent summers at their cabin in the Amalga Harbor area. After their children were grown, Barb and Sev enjoyed the beaches and warmth of Maui during the winter. The highlight of her year was always the Firemen's Christmas Ball.
In earlier years, when her children were young, she volunteered with the Brownies; Junior Baseball League; and Cub Scouts. After retirement Barb volunteered at the Tour Ship Terminal. She always got a kick out of tourists who disembarked and asked her where the "penguins" were. Barb was a member of the Juneau Yacht Club and Pioneers of Alaska. Barbara went on a couple cruises and enjoyed taking her mother with her. One of her favorite trips was going to Disney World as "Nanny" for Judy & Rudy Ripley's children (Marj, Kate & Jill). She also traveled to visit her grandchildren.
Barbara is survived by her son Bill (Linda) Swanson of Goodyear, AZ, and daughter, Kathie (Don) Wood of Yakima, WA. She leaves behind five grandchildren (Greg S. Wood of Honolulu, HI; Gayle Swanson of Phoenix, AZ; Michael S. Wood of Moses Lake, WA; Will Swanson of Phoenix, AZ; and, Greg A. Wood of Brooklyn, NY), and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving life-long friends, too many to list.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Severin H. Swanson; parents Dalpha and Lloyd Reid; and brother Lloyd (Bud) Reid.
At her request, there will be no services. Kathie can be reached at 8803 Mieras Road, Yakima, WA 98901.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a Hospice program of your choice.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Dec. 6, 2012
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