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WILMINGTON, DEL. AND BREWER - Frances Long Swett, a long-time resident of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday March 21, 2016, in Wilton, CT, with her family by her side. She was 92 years of age. The daughter of John F. and Mae Kelley Long, Frances was born in Brewer, ME on October 21, 1923. She graduated from Brewer High School in June 1941.

Frances was employed by the late Carl Ruhlin M.D., an orthopedic surgeon located in Bangor, ME, prior to her entering the U.S. Coast Guard (SPARS) in October 1944. There she attained the grade of Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, before being Honorably Discharged in May 1946.

Upon returning home to Brewer, Frances began her employment as a dental assistant for the late James Mabee, DDS, a noted dental surgeon in Bangor. She remained in his services until September 1950, when she married Earl L. Swett and relocated to Greensburg, PA. In 1952, Frances and her family moved to Wilmington, DE. For the next forty years Wilmington became their home when they were not off on assignments to numerous places around the United States, Pakistan, The Virgin Islands, Mexico and Taiwan. After nineteen moves Frances and Earl retired in Wilmington.

Throughout all these moves, Frances took loving care of their two sons and her husband. She always made a wonderful home wherever they were transferred. She enjoyed learning about the many cultures in the countries she lived and developed life-long friendships along the way. She enjoyed being a member of the Timberline Garden Club in Wilmington, DE., volunteering at Christiana Hospital, Newark, Delaware, decorating and playing bridge. However, her family was always her number one priority.

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, of sixty years of marriage. She is survived by two sons, John Peardon and Thomas Kelley Swett; their wives, Loma and Mary; five grandchildren, Morgan, Katie, Kendall, Lauren, and John Andrew; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Phoebe Hersch.

A private funeral service was held at The Greens of Cannondale, Wilton, CT, on March 28, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published on  April 6, 2016
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