Katherine Elizabeth Swensen

Chinook resident, 101Katherine Elizabeth Swensen, 101, of Chinook, Wash., died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, in Long Beach, Wash.

Mrs. Swensen was born July 23, 1903 in Chinook to Axel and Anna (Juhl) Anderson. Her father had immigrated from Sweden and her mother from Denmark.

Mrs. Swensen attended grade school in Chinook and her high school education was at Pacific Lutheran University, where she played basketball. She moved to Portland and traveled throughout Europe in the 1930s. She returned to the United States on the maiden voyage of the RMS Queen Mary.

She settled in Portland, where she met and married Roy Swensen. He died earlier.

In 1943, Mrs. Swensen moved to Minnesota and returned to Chinook in 1952. In the late 1950s, she began working in the laundry at Ocean Beach Hospital and later became head housekeeper. Following retirement, she was a home health care provider well into her mid-80s.

Mrs. Swensen was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chinook. Family members said she was blessed with a green thumb and was an avid gardener. She enjoyed cats, traveling and sharing homemade strawberry shortcake with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Swensen is survived by one daughter, Marie Olson of Chinook; two sons, Donald Swensen of Chinook and Les Swensen of Ilwaco, Wash.; a sister, Cecelia Gardin of Seattle; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Ernest, John, Roy, Frank and Edward Gardin and Art Anderson; a sister, Marie Smith; and two grandchildren.

Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach.

A memorial will be held at noon Saturday at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chinook, followed by a reception.

A family graveside service will be held Saturday morning at the Ilwaco Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Chinook, P.O. Box 160, Chinook, WA 98614.

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