QUECHEE — Funeral services were held March 22 at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction for Shirley Etta Swasey, 81, who died unexpectedly March 17, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Burial will be in the Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock later in the spring.
She was born Feb 25, 1933 in Bridgewater, daughter of Allen and Emily (Fairbanks) Severance.
Shirley attended the Woodstock schools and went to work at the area woolen mills as a spinner, including Dewey’s Mills in Quechee and the Bridgewater Woolen Mills.
She was married to Earl L. Swasey on July 30, 1955 in Woodstock. She continued for a time working in the mills and as a private house cleaner. She worked at the Woodstock Inn as a chambermaid.
Shirley enjoyed shopping, going on long drives through the country, and for the past few years she was dedicated to caring for her ill husband.
She is survived by her husband Earl L. Swasey of Quechee; three sons, Larry Swasey of White River Junction, Wayne Swasey of Thetford, and Brad Swasey of Orford, N.H.; three daughters Carol Duncan of Bethel, Corinne Cutts of Hartland and Kathy Fortune of Bellows Falls; numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; a sister, Dot Prior, a sister-in-law Dot Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of VT & NH, PO Box 976, White River Jct., VT 05001 or Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Division of Disability and Aging Services, 103 South Main Street, Weeks Building, Waterbury, 05671-1601.
Condolences may be expressed to Shirley’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the March 27, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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