Obituary - Mary P. Swenson
Last updated 3/12/2021 at 11:43am
March 9, 2021, Mary P. Swenson passed away at her home. She was 78 years old.
She was born on August 31, 1942 in Havre, Montana to the late Ethel and John McSloy.
Graveside services will be Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Kuper Memorial Cemetery.
Mary was a longtime resident of Chinook, Montana, where she was a member of the Eagles, VFW, Red Hats, bowling leagues and the Fifth Avenue Christian Church. She enjoyed baking pies for the county fair and cooking Chinese food for family and friends. For many years she would prepare a Christmas Eve dinner from a different nationality.
Mary loved her flower gardens, sewing, camping, her swing on the front porch, traveling with her husband, children and grandchildren. She and Greg traveled to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America and many more places. Greg said they were to all seven continents but not all countries. Her love for travel also included taking all of her children and grandchildren to the Calgary Zoo and Drumheller Dinosaur Museum as well as a trip to Disneyland. Our family filled an entire plane, even though it was a smaller plane. Her children and grandchildren were often seen with her at Country concerts or plays.
Mary received her bachelor's degree in education and taught school for several years and did substitute teaching after retiring. She also was a cook at the Pastime Steakhouse while working for Blaine County Treasurer's office from 1978 to 2004. when she retired.
Survivors include her husband Greg of 40 years; sisters Bobbie (Robin) Brown of New Zealand and Joyce McSloy of Chinook; children, Carol (Larry) Kline of Fort Benton, Montana, Brad Brough of New Mexico, Brian Brough of Havre, Montana, Cindy Dennis of Chinook and Martin Gardipee of Havre, Montana; grandchildren Jacynta (Jeremy) Myers, Jasmine Kline, Chloe Brough, Timothy Dennis, Holly Olson, Ali Molyneaux, Emily Dennis, A.J. Briere and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ethel McSloy; a sister, Ruby McSloy; and former spouses, Robert Brough and Martin "Buzzy" Gardipee.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of you choice in her name.