Judith Ellen Swanson

Judith Ellen Swanson, 60, Anchorage, Alaska, died April 27, 2002, at her home as a result of complications from heart problems.

She was born April 26, 1942, in Preston, Idaho.

Mrs. Swanson was a 1960 graduate of Brookings-Harbor High School and attended business school in Portland.

She and her husband, Jerry, were married Feb. 11, 1961, in Reno, Nev., and had lived in Anchorage since 1985. Mrs. Swanson briefly lived in Anchorage in 1945 to 1946 when her father worked for Tucker and Peterson Machine Works.

She was a homemaker and operated a day care out of her home for the past four years.

Mrs. Swanson was a long-time member of Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Delta Chapter in Anchorage and was a member of Quota International of Anchorage. She was a member of The Order of Eastern Star Satellite Chapter of Brookings and of the Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage.

Mrs. Swanson loved life, family, and her day care children. She was always active with arts and crafts, loved music, mostly spiritual and county western, listening to her radio scanner, working on crossword puzzles, and using her computer for e-mail and browsing. She enjoyed both telling and reading good jokes. Hobbies also included cooking, photography and bowling.

She loved doing things for others and will be remembered and missed by family and friends.

Survivors include husband; sons, Brian and Bruce; mother, Edith Fox of Woodburn; brothers, Jerry Fox of Gresham and Richard Fox of Portland; grandson, Zyon Swanson; twin granddaughters Sierra and Darion Swanson of Medford; and Savannah of Port Orchard, Wash.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Craig, in 1963, and her father, Fred Fox, in 1992.

Memorial services were at Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary in Anchorage Thursday, April 27. A service will be planned in Medford at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorial donations directed to Dogs for the Deaf, c/o Quota Club of Anchorage, 7810 Crescent Hill Circle, Anchorage, AK 99507 or Anchorage Center for Families/Healthy Families, Anchorage, 3745 Community Park Loop, Anchorage, AK 99508.

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