Anne Swinehart, 75, passed away peacefully at home on June 17 with her family by her side.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Anne was raised by her mother Margaret Rowland, who loved her fiercely. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and made many lasting friendships during her time at Lourdes Academy.
Anne made her way to Oregon and dedicated her life to two things: her family and service to others. In Lincoln County, and later in Eugene, she worked and volunteered countless hours in the fields of education and social work. She served on many non-profit boards and was proud to be a small business owner, all while raising her family. Even upon retirement, Anne volunteered for over twenty years in elementary school classrooms and was a longtime SMART Reading volunteer. She also helped organize the first Special Olympics in Lincoln County, volunteered for United Way, taught parenting classes, and served as a family mentor for Habitat for Humanity. She was proud of all of her accomplishments, but most of all she was proud of her children and loved being a supportive and involved grandmother.
Anne made friends everywhere she went and her joy for life was contagious. She chose to look on the bright side and to see the good in others. As a dear friend said, “The melody of her voice reflected her beautiful spirit.” Anne loved to travel, especially with her daughter Suzi. She cherished her many visits to Ceriana, Italy, and was delighted with the friendships she made over glasses of prosecco and wonderful meals. Anne was an incredible cook and enjoyed preparing and sharing food with family and friends. She had an eye for quality items at a thrift store. Always quick with a witty retort, Anne loved a bit of wordplay. She hated a hot day, but loved watching snow fall. Anne wasn’t really laughing until you heard her snort. She chose to be happy, even when things were hard, and later in life embraced the motto “It could be worse.” She will be remembered for that optimism and appreciation of all that is good.
She will be deeply missed by her four children: Tom (Amy), Jen (Steve), Joe (Julie), and Suzi (Norm), and her seven grandchildren: Lauryn and Lucas; Emma, Ben, and Andrew; Sam and Rowley; and by the many dear friends she made over her lifetime.
To honor Anne, consider a donation to Relief Nursery, Habitat for Humanity, or End of Life Choices Oregon. A celebration of life is planned for later this summer.