Betty L. Holden Swan-DeLong

Profile Updated: February 19, 2018
Residing In: Brightwood, OR USA
Spouse/Partner: Married to John #2
Occupation(before, if retired): Administration Assistant (now thankfully retired)
Children and Grandchildren: Jennifer, born 1972
What have you been up to since graduation?

The highlight of my life was a year-long trip my first husband and I took back in 1971. We started by hitchhiking through the States, visiting relatives in Knoxville, TN and Largo, FL. From there we went to the Bahamas where we spent 3 weeks. Then, on to Europe. We purchased a vehicle in Germany and, with 3 friends, we headed South for the remainder of the winter. We had many extraordinary adventures which someday I will innclude in a book which my husband and I were going to write in retirement. Unfortunately, my husband passed away this past June. The other highlight of my life was the birth of our daughter, Jennifer, in April of '72.

Other than that, I kept my nose to the grindstone, working mostly detail work in quite a few different settings as an executive administrative assistant. Having become totally sick of all the politics involved with corporations, the last ten+ years were spent as an office manager at a family-owned furniture store in downtown Minneapolis. The last day I worked was the day before my husband's surgery that finally gave us the diagnosis and prognosis after which my 24/7 job became my husband's care at home.

New chapter: Less than 2 months after my husband died, an old friend's wife passed away. Afterwards he and I spoke on the phone often, sharing in all the particulars concerning the deaths of our spouses. We had met back in the early '70's, as he and my husband had worked together. Soon we decided that neither one of us wanted to live alone, so we talked about living together, thereby reducing costs of running two households, and the end of loneliness for us both.

Last fall we made two trips from Minnesota to Oregon, hauling as much as 6.5 tons the first trip and pulling a trailer with my car behind a full diesel crew cab on our second trip. It was all very well worth the effort, as I love it here and the two of us are very happy.

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Feb 19, 2018 at 11:29 AM

Kristi is such a gifted artist, I'll be anxious to see how this comes out. I used to have Fetus paraphernalia, but will need to check now that I've attempted to downsize.

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Posted on: Apr 02, 2014 at 10:33 AM

"Cluff"???

Apr 02, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Candy - I have fond memories of our days in GAA after school. Would be interested to know if you know how to reach Bonnie Weisel and Jo Ann Malaske, as they are both "of the missing" right now. I remember being struck by your super-young appearance at our 45th! Amazing! And, you were just as vivacious as you looked. Hope you can make it to our 50th.

Mar 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM

So glad you're "on board".

Mar 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yvonne - Weren't you a friend of Lesley Foster's? I'm trying to find Geraldine Farah Berks and finding that her classmate friends are Sheila Farrell Cramer, Heather Finlayson Lyle, James Fink, Lesley Foster Klein, Leila Frogh Stritch, and Mary Lou Gabrysh Roob. Also, I know Lesley was at our 45th, as were you. Are you in touch with her in any way?

Mar 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Darlene - Are you back from FL yet? I never did get there this year, unfortunately.

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Feb 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

We always were talkers, weren't we.

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Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Jan, You're still looking great. I'm looking forward to the possibility of spending some time with you this summer.....if summer actually ever gets here. Snowing again today.

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Posted: Feb 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM
My darling little great nephew, Andrew.