Dora Jean (Birge) Swenson

Born: Sat., Sep. 8, 1923
Died: Sun., Apr. 27, 2014

No services to be held

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Dora Jean Swenson

Sept. 8, 1923 – April 27, 2014


Dora Jean Swenson – 90, passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  She was born September 8, 1923 to Sonny and Norma Jean Birge in Harrington, Washington.  She married Darel Swenson on December 1, 1946.  They later moved to Pendleton with their sons Jim and Jack.  They started a business: C&C Distributing.  Dora Jean helped Darel deliver Rainier Beer.  Dora Jean then went to work at St. Anthony Hospital as a ward clerk, she was known as nurse “Andy”.  She later retired becoming a housewife and taking care of her family.  Dora Jean enjoyed camping, gardening and going to the Oregon Coast, walking for miles picking up all kinds of objects.  She was also involved in watching her sons play sports. 

Dora Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, her parents, and brothers Bobby Dean & Cecil Birge. 

She is survived by her sons Jim & Jack Swenson of Pendleton, Grandchildren Kerri & Kyle Swenson and Jamie Rabb.  Great grandchildren Derryck, Kyle and Branson. 

She will be truly missed for her kind and loving heart. 

As per Dora Jean’s request, there will be no services.

Memorial contributions in honor of Dora Jean can be made to St. Anthony Hospice in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. 

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Marge Normington-Jones
   Posted Wed May 07, 2014
Dora Jean and my mom, Marie Normington, were roommates at Ashley Manor. They enjoyed each other's company and tried to help each other as best they could. I know your family will miss your Mom, Grandma but now they are friends together in heaven.

Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mom and Grandma. She loves you all still. May your happy memories of her help ease your pain.

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