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Barbara Swain

Barbara Jean "Barb" Swain

Monday, May 5th, 1941 - Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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Obituary

KENNEBUNK ME.

BARBARA “BARB” JEAN Swain, 79, of Kennebunk, entered into her eternal reward Saturday, June 6, 2020 at her home with her family at her side following a brief illness.

In addition to being a wife and mother of a blended family, Barbara assisted her former husband, Edgar Swain, in the early years, supporting in the management of some of the most successful dairy farms in Virginia, the Northeast, and Mid-West.

In the late 1980’s, a new adventure led Barb back from Wapakoneta OH, to her roots in New England, with the family settling in Arundel, ME, assisting in the operations and management of the Fran-Mort Campground. This transition to such an artistic and quaint community led to the revival of her lifelong love of art with the creation of Barby Camper Classics and Brush and Stone Studio.

With her children grown, Barb pursued training and became certified to work in the healthcare profession. For 27 years she assisted families in providing hospice and home health care. A time that Barb was most proud of was being personally asked to assist in the care of a loved one at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport.

She loved sharing with family and friends- teaching the technique of water color painting with Caleb, Summertime Mother’s Beach adventures with Lorina and grand-dog Santos, gardening and canning with Lisa and time with her best friend Shannon, (“the Favorite daughter in law she never had”) who was always able to be there for her, watching natures beautiful displays and the various birds that came to her feeders, playing the dulcimer, singing and yodeling for all who would listen, sharing the gospel and bible studies with a gleam in her eye, her passion for life and most often, laughter and a smile.

“Mom, are you ready for Heaven?” “Yes!” ‘Walk towards the sun the shadows will fall behind.’ (And without a doubt the comfort in her death, is that she truly Loved the Lord.)

Predeceased by Daughter- Catherine Swain, Modesto CA, Brother- Edwin Smith, Jr. Kerhonkson, NY, Shirley Hensel CT

Surviving Family includes her Children: Edgar ‘Butch’ Swain, Alton Bay NH, Lisa Kay Mance, Hurley NH
Lorina May Swain, Massillon OH, Stephen Swain, Kennebunk ME, 11 grandchildren including Caleb Swain, North Waterboro ME, Kendra and Kyle Welch, Hurley NY, 11 Great Grandchildren, a
Brother: Raymond Smith, (Linda) Colorado Springs CO, a Niece Bridget (Hensel) Breen and nephew Tommy Hensel.


A private graveside service was held on Wednesday, June 10th in Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk, Maine.
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A private family burial was held in Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk

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Sally Morin

Posted at 11:42am
BARB, WE WERE SO HONORED TO HAVE THE TIME, TO GET TO KNOW WHAT AN AWESOME PERSON, YOU REALLY WERE - WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU & THE WONDERFUL VOICE, THAT YOU HAD & THE YODELING WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD !! WE DO SO MISS YOU & HOW WE ALWAYS MET UP AT THE ELEVATOR ( & SCARE EACH OTHER ) & THEN LAUGH AT EACH OTHER & THEN GO IN TO THE HALLWAY CHAIRS & TALK FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. -- BARB I MISS THOSE DAYS -- I WISH I HAD KNOWN YOU LONGER, BUT GOD BETTER PLANS FOR YOU & YOU HAD TO LEAVE US HERE AT COUSENS SCHOOL -- BUT I KNOW WE WILL MEET UP AGAIN ONE DAY IN HEAVEN & CONTINUE ON WITH OUR STORIES !! LOVE YOU BARB & WILL SEE YOU AGAIN WHEN, GOD CALLS US HOME TOO, GENE & SALLY MORIN # 205
 

Lori Swain Posted at 09:05pm

Thank you, so much for the friendship you had with my mom. She was adored by many- and yodeled for very few. Please take care of yourselves! ~ Lori
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Maria Briggs

Posted at 08:34pm
To the entire Swain family, I send my love for healing and comfort. Mama Swain is in the gracious arms of God watching over all of you now.
 

Lori Swain Posted at 09:07pm

Thank you for your kind words, and love for my mom. She always called you 'Briggs' and many notes were around her home- with your phone number. Take care of yourself and be safe!
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