Esther Swift Obituary

March 14, 2012

in News,Obituaries,Woodstock

SOUTH ROYALTON — A memorial service for Esther Munroe Swift of South Royalton who died March 10, 2012 will be held later in the spring at the Green Mount Cemetery Chapel. An announcement will be published prior to the service.
Esther was a sixth-generation Vermonter, born in 1923 and was brought up in Montpelier.
Though she lived in and traveled to many other places, she returned to Vermont for the last three deceased of her life. She wrote the seminal text, “Vermont Place-Names,” restored a 1782 farmhouse in South Royalton, and served as Librarian and Archivist for the Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock. In 2007 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont.
Survivors include a son, Brian Swift, a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Swift; her loving grandchildren, Alexander, Jason, Jennifer, Katherine, and Andrew; five great grandchildren; and many friends and admirers.
She was predeceased by one son, Alexander.
Those wishing may make memorial donations to Friends Of The West Hartford Library, 242 Carousel Court, White River Junction, 05001 or the Center For Research On Vermont At UVM. A website, is planned for those who would like more information about this remarkable woman.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at
This obituary first appeared in the March 15, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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