2018-08-10 / Obituaries

Patricia Swennes

Patricia Ann Swennes was born to James Conrad and Evelyn Krahling on July 21, 1940 in Washington, D.C. She is survived by her brothers Eddie and Skippy and predeceased by her older brother James and older sister, Mary. She attended Anacostia High School and three years at George Washington University before she married Jon Swennes in June of 1961 and became a mother to Jon, Robin and Gordon.

A mother with a capital ‘M’, she baked from scratch and was there every day when her kids got home from school. She made sure her kids didn’t watch too much TV and what they did watch were shows she considered ‘wholesome’ like The Brady Bunch and Wild Kingdom. She promoted educational moments and strived to raise children with strong moral and family values. She had a nose like a bloodhound and could smell burning toast in the kitchen from up in the attic or unapproved new clothes hidden by her daughter in the back of the closet.

During the second half of her life — spent in Maine — she enjoyed traveling to other parts of the world, meeting people, trying new restaurants and taking Sunday jaunts to favorite farmers’ markets with her husband. She loved what she would call “real food” from places like Hot Suppa and Scratch Baking Company — nothing “fake” or “processed” for her.

She was a woman of faith who enjoyed trying out different churches and temples either for their impressive choirs, a particularly interesting minister, or a welcoming congregation. Thrifty to the core, she brought new meaning to the words “recycle’ and reuse.” She cared about the environment and revered the beauty of nature. Although she donated much of her time and money to charitable causes, her greatest passion was her job of “Mother” and anyone who knew her would say, “Job well done.”

She lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on July 24, but desired only an understated, small family gathering with no public memorial service. She and her family very much appreciated all the love and support they received during her final days here on Earth. If those who knew her are so moved, she asked that they donate their time or money to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Godspeed to you mom; we know you’ll give God a run for his money.

Inquiries to Chad E Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service.

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