MARQUETTE, MI - Suzanne Elise Terrell Swaine passed away in late September at Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. Sue was born in 1930 in Des Moines, Iowa to Fred McDonald Terrell, a firefighter, and Violet Klein Terrell, a former schoolteacher. Sue was valedictorian of her class at East High School. Together with her parents and older brother James (who predeceased her, while still a young man), she spent summers visiting relatives at the family farm in Preston, MN. Sue trained as a nurse at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, earned her BSN degree with highest distinction at State University of Iowa in 1956, and received a MS in Public Health Nursing at UCLA in 1958. Sue worked as an operating room nurse in Des Moines, Iowa City, Los Angeles, and Marquette. She was an instructor in the College of Nursing at UCLA, and from 1967 to 1973 taught nursing at St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Marquette.
Sue married Howard Swaine in 1952, and the couple lived in several locations (including Omaha, Bethesda, Los Angeles, and Paris) before settling in Marquette in 1966, when Howard began teaching in the Economics Department at NMU. They lived on Garfield Avenue and had a cottage on Lakewood Lane. Sue suffered from small vessel disease and Howard cared for her as her disability progressed until his death in 2007. Sue leaves behind two children, daughter Abigail Swaine (of Brookline, MA) and son Edward Swaine (of Arlington, VA), and three grandchildren: Sam Burrington, Lincoln Swaine-Moore, and Lily Swaine-Moore.
Sue was loved for her sense of humor and for her warm and affectionate nature; she was a night owl and did not often seek company, but she was friendly to all she met and quick to laugh. She had an independent streak and a command of little-known facts and words (some salty). She enjoyed reading mystery novels, doing crossword puzzles, watching old movies, and listening to music - including classical, opera, show tunes, and novelty songs with silly lyrics and sound effects. When younger she was an accomplished pianist, organist, and seamstress. She never took herself too seriously. She will be sorely missed.
There will be a visitation with the family at Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 3 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peter White Public Library. The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be left online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com