Swett, Barbara Robinson 81 July 22, 1935 July 29, 2016 Barbara Robinson Swett, 81, of Newberg, passed away on Friday, July 29. Barbara was born in July 1935 in Salem, N.J. to James Emmer Robinson, Jr. and Charlotte Fletcher Smith Robinson, both the children of local farmers. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and attended Syracuse University on a full scholarship. She graduated from Syracuse Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum laude, majoring in history. She later attended Boston University to gain her master's degree in history. Barbara married Carl R. Swett of Medina, N.Y. in 1957, just three days after she graduated from University, and they remained happily married for over 59 years. As a young woman she taught middle school in Texas and Massachusetts and then moved West with Carl to raise a family as a long time resident of Lake Oswego. As her four children grew, she once again started working outside the home and went on to experience a rewarding career as Vice President/Owner of LazerQuick. She served on the boards of both the Private Industry Council and Cascade Employers Association. After retirement she moved to Mary's Woods at Marylhurst and most recently to the Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg. In addition, she still continued to greatly enjoy time spent at her home in Coronado Shores on the central Oregon coast. She was a voracious reader and eloquent writer. She loved gardening, puzzles, Baby Ruth bars, and was known for her honest Christmas holiday letters. She had a wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and memorable laugh. Barbara is survived by her husband, Carl Raymond Swett; four children, Eben (Audrey) of Keizer, Jennifer (Gilbert) of Jackson Hole Wyo., Joel of Roy, Wash., Charlotte of Fairfax Calif.; and six grandchildren. Bemused by a diagnosis of congestive heart failure when she turned 80, Barbara acknowledged the irony of ending her life with a disease that sapped what she once considered an unquenchable energy supply and induced a lassitude that she had never envisioned. But she accepted what her body was telling her, and so did her husband, so they counted their blessings and enjoyed the moment. The family is asking in lieu of flowers that donations be made in her remembrance to the Siletz Bay Music Festival at www.siletzbaymusic.org or the Mary's Woods Resident's Fund at www.maryswoods.org A Farewell Gathering will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at the Friendsview Springbrook Meadows Community Center, 4061 Hayes Street, Newberg Oregon 97132.
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