Thelma Ann Swanson
Thelma Ann Swanson, 80, of Harrisburg, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence.
Born January 19, 1932, in McComas, West Virginia, she was daughter of the late George and Pearl I. (Felious) Dudley.
Thelma Ann Swanson was a member of New Life Baptist Church in New Cumberland for a period that spanned two decades. Thelma Swanson's life centered around her faith in God, her family, and her church which nurtured her daily spiritual life and empowered her to be a nurturing force in her family and her community. She was truly a woman of substance who reached out to many children in the community who needed a watchful eye and a dose of tough love.
Thelma Ann Swanson was a wise woman as well as an educated woman. Around 1949, she attended Bluefield State College, Bluefield West Virginia, where she majored in Home Economics and realized another dream of womanhood when she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Thelma Ann Swanson briefly embarked on the venture of operating a catering business in Washington, DC. However, raising her growing family took priority over that venture.
Surviving her are her husband, James Roosevelt Swanson, Jr.; 5 sons: John E. Baldwin of Harrisburg, PA; Ronald E. Baldwin of Washington, D.C.; Jerome R. Swanson of Harrisburg, PA; Jeffrey D. Swanson of Harrisburg, PA; and, Dennis C. Swanson of Harrisburg, PA; 5 daughters: Anna C. Buchanan of Harrisburg, PA; Velma P. Baldwin of Harrisburg, PA; Gail D. Swanson of Harrisburg, PA; Gloria L. Swanson of Harrisburg, PA; and, Annette R. Swanson of Harrisburg, PA; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a great great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 7, 2012, 12:00 noon at Zimmerman-Auer Funeral Home, Inc., 4100 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the funeral home. Interment will be at Shoop's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3211 North Front Street, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.