Barbara Ralston Swalley
Mrs. Barbara Ralston Swalley, age 73, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, after having pulmonary fibrosis for 11 years.
Barbara was born on November 29, 1937, in Milwaukee, WI, the oldest of five children born to the late Esther Hiemark Ralston and Samuel D. Ralston. She was raised on a farm west of Palmyra, IL, and graduated as class valedictorian from Northwestern High School in 1955. She attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, and graduated with a BA in home economics in 1959.
Barbara married Jerry C. Swalley of Salem, IL, in 1960, and began her career as a homemaker and mother. Barbara also earned a BA in business administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1979 and became a licensed real estate agent in North Carolina.
Barbara and Jerry moved to Newark, DE, in 1980. She was a member of the Red Clay Garden Club and the local Sigma Kappa sorority alumni chapter for many years.
Barbara loved to play duplicate bridge; she will be missed by her bridge group.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Russell Ralston. She is survived by her husband; three children, Dee Anna Swalley of Topeka, KS, Jay C. Swalley of West New York, NJ, and Jean M. Swalley of Wiesbaden, Germany; granddaughter, Margaret J. Reed of Topeka, KS; and three brothers, David Ralston of Baileyville, IL, Dale Ralston of Streator, IL, and Randy Ralston of Pensacola, FL.
Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, May 6, 2011, at Newark United Methodist Church, 69 E. Main Street, Newark, DE. Interment will be held at a later date in Salem, IL.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Homeward Bound, P. O. Box 9740, Newark, DE 19714 or to Hope Dining Room, P.O. Box 9733, Newark, DE 19714.
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