Dorothy Ann Swanson

Dorothy Swanson

Happy Valley

June 28, 1929 — June 20, 2018

Dorothy Ann Swanson (Bjornstrom) was born in Astoria, Oregon, on June 28, 1929. She passed away on June 20, 2018.

She married Edward Swanson on Oct. 20, 1949, and they had two children, Dianne and Kristi. She is survived her by daughter, Kristi Hoch; son-in-law, John Hoch; grandchildren, Jennifer Brooks and Rebecca Kirkpatrick; and four great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and daughter, Dianne McCauley.

She grew up in Astoria, and worked at a cannery during the summers while in high school. After she graduated from Astoria High School, she worked at Pacific Northwest Bell.

When her children were born, she became a stay-at-home mom. Dorothy (Dodo) and her husband, Edward (Swede) moved to Portland in 1963.

Dorothy always had a passion for school, and loved to read. She always believed that women should have an education, and took her first college class while she was in her 40s. She graduated from Portland State University with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in English.

Dorothy then moved to Eugene, Oregon, to obtain her master’s degree in library science. She lived in Eugene in a travel trailer, and would come home to her family on the weekends. She graduated again with high honors in 1977.

She worked as a librarian at Portland Community College Rock Creek campus, at Tanasbourne Town Center Library, and retired from the Hillsboro Public Library in 2001.

After retirement, she traveled to Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. She liked to do a daily crossword puzzle, and continued to be a voracious reader.

She was loved by many, and will be remembered fondly.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5415 S.E. Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97206.

Remembrances may be given to the Library Foundation of Hillsboro,

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