In memory of Edith L. Swanson, 91, former Bessemer resident who passed away at 9:42 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, in Edison Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1917, in Bessemer and lived in the same house until she moved to Edison Manor in 2003.

She was a daughter of the late Alfred and Alma Shogren Swanson.

Miss Swanson graduated from the former Bessemer High School in 1935.

She was the first employee hired by the former Plakie Toys in 1937.

She worked as a secretary until retiring

She was a faithful member of First Covenant Church in Bessemer, serving as the treasurer for Sunday school and the church choir. She served several terms on the church board, assumed leadership roles in Moninga Covenant Women and was a church pianist.

She loved to travel and was known for her love of cats

She and her beloved roommate, Ann Valle, at Edison Manor were affectionately known as the “golden girls.”

Survivors include four nieces, Kirsten Swanson of Bessemer, Caroline Swanson of New Castle, Valerie Swanson of Vallejo, Calif., and Jannette Alvin of Fresno, Calif.; and two nephews, Bruce Swanson of Turlock, Calif., and Phillip Swanson of Irving, Texas,

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Milton Swanson and Harold Swanson; a sister, Florence Gwin; and a nephew, Ron Swanson.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak St., Bessemer.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at First Covenant Church. The Rev. John Magargee will officiate.

Burial will be at First Covenant Cemetery, Bessemer.

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