Marilyn "Sally" Ann Burr Swingle died on Jan. 15, 2013 at home.
The Guest Book is expired.
She was born May 4, 1933, the only child of Mary and Howard Burr. Upon graduation from Canton High School in 1951, she attended Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1954 as an RN. On Aug. 19, 1955 she married Sterling "Mike" Swing in Canton. They had three children and four grandchildren.
Sally was born in Brockton, Mass. Verly early in her childhood, her family moved to Armenia Mountain. She lived for many years in Canton and Monroeton before moving to Zephyrhills, Fla., in 1991. At the beginning of her nursing career, Sally was the charge nurse at Crowe Nursing Home in Canton. She held various nursing positions at Memorial Hospital in the OR, the ER, on the floor and in the maternity ward. In the maternity ward, her kindness and her skills as a mother were legendary as she assisted new mothers at this joyous but difficult time. She also worked at Sylvania as an industrial nurse before retiring from the medical field.
At this point in her life, Sally worked on her dream of having a product stand. It turned into the successful M's in Monroeton which she ran for 10 years until selling it in 1991. Who can forget Sally offering freshly sliced piece of cheese of a sample of fudge? Upon moving to Florida, she concentrated on her final career which lasted to the day she passed away, professional grandmother.
She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and was a coordinator of cookie distribution for the Girl Scouts. This delighted her daughter and is clearly remembered by one son whom she lured home to unload a tractor trailer filled with cartons of cookies.
Her life was marked by her loving ways and nurturing of her family and her many kindness to friends and strangers alike. She was a spectacular homemaker. Her table was always full of good food and a chair at the ready for anyone who happened to stop by around mealtime. She had a cellar full of canned goods and a freezer that she kept filled. She taught her three children to be "champion shoppers," how to preserve food and most importantly, that food is love. Sally loved the outdoors whether walking through the meadows of the family cabin to gather wild flowers and grasses or delighting in the beauty of clouds in the sky. Her husband honored her with an abundance of windows in their last home, bringing the outdoors inside.
Sally is survived by her husband, Mike of Zephryhills, Florida. She is also survived by her son, Craig and his wife Ruth of Charlottesville, Va. and their son, Seth of Mali, West Africa. She is also survived by her son, Jason, and his wife Jacqui of Zephryhills, Fla. and Jason's son, Abraham of Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also survived by her daughter Michelle and her children Caitlin and Zackery of Zephyrhills, Fla.
Her final days were spent with all of her family at home where she was able to see the garden, the many birds visiting the yard and the clouds.
Burial will be private.
Whitfield Funeral Home, Zephyrhills, Fla.
Published in Daily Review on Jan. 17, 2013