Montesano resident Barbara Ann Swinhart passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Beehive Retirement Center in McCleary, Washington. She was 77. Barbara was born May 2, 1942, in Aberdeen to Elmer and Grace (Neely) Davis.
She was raised in the Wishkah Valley and graduated from Wishkah Valley High School in 1960.
On June 29, 1963, Barbara married the love of her life, Richard E. Swinhart, in Aberdeen, Washington. Barbara went to work for Grays Harbor Paper in 1961 and decided to be a homemaker and stay at home mom after she and Richard were married.
Barbara belonged to the Montesano Mothers Club, Booster Club, Montesano Women’s bowling league, helped with Brownies and Girl Scouts, PTA and room mother while her children were in school.
Barbara loved to travel, pick little wild blackberries, clam dig and go fishing. She had a passion for baking and was known for her delicious cinnamon rolls and pies. She was very involved in all of her children’s sports and also loved to go to the casinos and play slot machines. She enjoyed attending the grandkids ball games and taking them on many fun trips. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.
In addition to her loving husband Richard, she is also survived by her son, Robert (Terri) Swinhart of McCleary, Washington; daughter, Gloria (Conrad) Kuehl of East Wenatchee, Washington; siblings, Elmer “Buck” (Barb) Davis of Port Angeles, Washington, John Davis of Montesano, Washington and June (Lon) Brooks of Port Angeles, Washington; seven grandchildren, Thomas (Megan) Brighton of Mead, Washington, Orrie Brighton of East Wenatchee, Washington, Tanner Swinhart of Wallchula, Florida, Tyson Swinhart of Fort Meade, Florida, Todd Swinhart of McCleary, Washington, Courtney Carlson of Sparks, Nevada; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Marion “Bud” Davis and her granddaughter Dallas Kuehl Munoz.
Memorials may be made to the Montesano Fire Dept.
A celebration of life will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Elma Alliance Church located at 315 N. 3rd St. in Elma, followed by a luncheon.
To share memories or express condolences please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary in Montesano.