Sally Ann Swank
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Sally Ann Swank

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Sally, our loving and devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she touched.

She left us peacefully at her residence in Seattle, Washington on May 7, 2020. She was 87.

She was born in Seattle, Washington on March 27, 1933 at Virginia Mason Hospital. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1951. She met her husband, David shortly thereafter from a US Navy Ship in Seattle, and traveled to meet his family in Virginia. They married in Raleigh, North Carolina, returning to Seattle where she lived her entire life.

She was the beloved mother to three children, David (Leanne), Joseph (Debbie) and Suzanne (Craig). Proud grandmother of Amy, Matthew, Jeffrey "Wolfie", Samuel, and Jackson. Proud great- grandmother to Broderick, Skylar, Nathan, Dylan, and Ellie. And, she had many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David; brother, Jerry; sister, Janet; and brother, Jimmy.

Sally lived a full life and was a working mother before it was fashionable. She worked at Safeco insurance for 47 years, retiring in 2002.

After retiring, she enjoyed traveling around the world with her sister Janet. She volunteered at the Shoreline Senior Center for many years and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi where she met many great friends.

In her latest years, she was blessed to meet Ken, a very sweet, caring and devoted companion at Merrill Gardens. She enjoyed every meal with Ken and they spoke every evening on the phone before retiring.

A celebration of Sally's life was held at Calvary Cemetery on

Thursday, May 14, 2020 (Only

immediate family due to current

restrictions for gatherings)

In her memory, please send flowers, treats, fun surprises or special wishes to Ken, at Merrill Gardens University (5300 24th Ave NE) to brighten his days during these times. We know Ken will miss Sally as much as we do.

Hoffner Fisher & Harvey

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 17, 2020.
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May 18, 2020
Sally was one of the super volunteers at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center. If there was a need, she was there at the front desk, in the kitchen flipping pancakes for the family breakfast days, in the Thrift Shop, Bingo nights, the Holiday Bazaar, and probably more! She was a good friend to many of the centers volunteers, she will be missed. This gal had spunk and could keep things on track when needed! She was a good one.
JonAnn Cruver, Shoreline
JonAnn Cruver
May 18, 2020
My condolences to the entire Swank family. I had the pleasure of working with Sally for 6 years at SAFECO personal lines insurance in the early 1970s and have always remembered her as an extremely friendly and helpful person who helped us underwriters in learning practical and efficient, property underwriting skills through the years.
Richard (Dick) Mills
May 18, 2020
I had the pleasure of supervising Sally in the mid-80s when she was a tester for Safeco PLO, on the 19th floor of the Tower! She was an excellent tester for the many personal lines products we had, and was well respected for her knowledge...and her sense of humor! She always made us laugh, especially when she was telling us we were wrong! One of my favorites!
Susan Lacy
May 17, 2020
David, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Douglas James
May 14, 2020
All the Lindwalls want to extend our deepest condolences to the Swank family on the loss of their Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother in these trying times.
david lindwall
May 13, 2020
Grandma and Amy, at a pumpkin patch
Thanks for all the super soft dinner rolls. I love you.
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