Eleanor Marjorie Swift Putnam
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May 25, 1919 - June 13, 2013
Eleanor was born on May 25th, 1919 in New York City to the Reverend George H. Swift and Alice Parker Swift. Later she lived in Minot ND and in 1929 moved with her family to Salem Oregon where her father became rector of St Paul's Episcopal Church.
After attending schools in Salem she went on to the University of Oregon where she studied journalism and participated in numerous campus activities and was a loyal member of Gamma Phi Beta. Eleanor had a sparkling personality and enjoyed many lifelong friendships. In 1941 she married Roger Putnam and lived in Salem before the family moved to Seattle in 1959.
Eleanor loved to entertain, read, discuss current events and was an avid bridge player, Seattle Mariner and Oregon Ducks fan. She loved to travel and visited many interesting places around the world. Employed at the Department of Social and Health Services in WA State, Eleanor enjoyed her career for many years.
Her siblings were a never ending source of joy to her. She is survived by her brother George Swift, and nephews Herb, Tom and Jon and her sister Jean (Russ) Haehl and nephews Russ and David, nieces Dana and Nancy; nephew Chris Smith. Eleanor's sister Alice Smith, nephew Michael and sister in-law Adele Swift preceded her in death.
A loving mother, her children were always first for Eleanor. She was a strong person with a tender heart who could rise to any occasion. She will be forever missed by her children: Roger (Margo); Marci (Jerry); Stephen; Cathy (Eric); Barbara (Chris); and Brenda; grandchildren: Greg, Cliff, Ali and Taryn; great grandchildren: Jacob, Sophianna, Jasmine and Emma. She was the heart of our family. Her words of wisdom, quick wit, beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes lit up our lives. For everything we shared, the dreams, the laughter and the tears, the love you gave, our love for you will last through all our years.
Published in StatesmanJournal on June 19, 2013