Virginia Alice (Officer) Swanson

Born: Sat., Dec. 27, 1930
Died: Mon., Nov. 30, 2015

Private Interment

Location: Skyview Memorial Park

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 Virginia Alice Swanson

December 27, 1930 -  November 30, 2015


Virginia Alice Swanson was born December 27, 1930, in Waunakee, Wisconsin, to parents Edward W. and Beulah (Burr) Officer.  After early childhood in Connecticut and grade school back in Wisconsin, she moved with her family during World War II to Milton-Freewater, Oregon, where she graduated in 1949. 

Virginia—“Jinnie”—married James L. Swanson June 23, 1951.  Living in Pendleton, they raised two children, Julie Lee and Jeffrey James Swanson. 

Apart from driving school bus two separate years, Jinnie dedicated her life to her family.  She was much admired as a fabulous cook, gifted gardener and artist, and exemplary housewife and mother.  Highly intelligent, she especially enjoyed word and picture puzzles and keenly loved birds, squirrels, and the changing seasons.

After her husband Jim’s death in 2014, Jinnie resided at Settler’s Park in Baker City, Oregon, passing away at the hospital there on November 30, 2015.  Also predeceasing her were her mother, father, brothers Edward Jr. and David Officer, and sister Carol Langley.  Survivors include daughter Julie (Darrell Bliss), son Jeff (Carrie Day Swanson), beloved grandchildren Jamie Kaesemeyer (Matt) and Jesse Swanson, and great-grandchildren Jacob and Steven. 

Virginia Swanson was a beautiful, remarkable lady who never put herself forward.  All who knew her will miss her kind heart, wit, and unique spirit.  “Oh, the Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord….”

Private interment will be at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton.  Sign the online condolence book at   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Thu December 03, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Doris Buie
   Posted Fri December 04, 2015
I am a friend of John Swanson who is Virginia's brother in law. I met Virginia in 2013. She was a wonderful person and I wished I had known her sooner. I send my condolence to her family.

Joe Dunagan and Barbara Wright
   Posted Fri December 04, 2015
Jinnie was my sisters sister in law and she was always a wonderful person. She will be missed.

Kate Bottorff
   Posted Sat December 05, 2015
Jinnie was a wonderful neighbor who missed her garden and pushed on even when life was hard for her. I will miss her. God be with her family. Kate Bottorff

Susan & Paul Meiners & Gloria Kelty
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
Julie, Jeff & family,
We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Jinnie's passing. She was always so cheerful when we came to visit, even when we knew she was in a lot of pain with her shoulders. Her cheerful smile will be greatly missed.
I shared with Mom the passing of her sister-in-law on two different occasions. Her dementia makes it difficult for her to understand things. The first time she asked if Jinnie was in the hospital? After reading the obituary to her a couple of days later, she commented, "She didn't know she had passed away, but was glad she was no longer in pain, and what a pretty lady she was". I assured her that Jinnie was now with Uncle Jim and was pain free and probably baking her delicious pies like crazy!


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