ROSEMARY SWANSON

Rosemary Swanson, 70, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother died November 13, 2018 at Multicare Medical Center in Covington, Washington.

Rosemary Dailey was born on February 15, 1948 to Byron and Gladys (Malmin) Dailey in Valley City, North Dakota during a snowstorm. Rosemary lived life at breakneck speed as evidenced by continual scabs on her knees throughout childhood.

Rosemary married John Theodore Swanson on August 9, 1965 in Steele, ND. To this union, two beautiful daughters were born: Michelle DeMent and Melanie Young. She graduated from Mandan High School and worked for Boeing for two years after moving to Washington State. When she was employed by Boeing she was told to slow it down. After that she devoted her life to raising her daughters.

Rosemary had a love for people, often making friends with people on the bus or in stores that she frequented. She was actively involved in her church and bible study for many years, as a women’s leader and children’s leader. She volunteered for years as a Sunday school teacher; Rosemary had a strong faith and was known as a prayer warrior.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents. Rosemary leaves the legacy of love to her husband of 53 years, John Swanson of Auburn, WA; her daughters Michelle DeMent of Auburn, WA and Melanie Young (Matt) of Renton, WA; and grandchildren Hayley Meacham of Englewood, CO; Adam Brooks of Spokane, WA; and Olivia and Gavin Young of Renton, WA. Her siblings include Rita Kopp, Renee Ulmer (Dan), and Tom Dailey of Mandan, ND and John Dailey (Sue) of Millstadt, IL, sister-in-law Linda Juhala, and brother-in-law Dick Throndset of Bismarck, ND, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating Rosemary’s life will be held on Monday, November 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Community Church in Auburn, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to The Salvation Army (give.salvationarmyusa.org) or a charity of your choice.

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