Betty Lou (Melson) Swain
May 22, 1928 - March 10, 2023
Betty Lou (Melson) Swain, age 94, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023.
Born in Cambridge, MD on May 22, 1928, she was the only daughter of the late Samuel Elmer and Helen Elizabeth (Benson) Melson. A life-long resident of Delaware, she was raised in Bridgeville, graduating from Bridgeville High School and Beacom College (now Goldey-Beacom), where she received a Bachelor of Commercial Science degree. Betty was an executive secretary at Hercules Incorporated, retiring after more than forty years.
Mrs. Swain was a past state president of the Delaware Federation of Business and Professional Women and a past matron of Caesar Rodney Chapter No. 8. Order of the Eastern Star. She belonged to both Howard Weston and New Castle Senior Centers. A member of Asbury United Methodist Church, she had served on their Trustees and Administrative Board. More recently, she enjoyed volunteering at their Food Closet. She also took several classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Betty enjoyed traveling, gardening, and painting, especially water colors, and dancing.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, George Edward Swain, Jr.; brothers, Benson Walter Melson, and Franklin Elmer Melson, Sr. She is survived by three nephews, Franklin E. Melson, Jr. (Diane), Richard Cecil Melson (the late Janice), and Samuel Mark Melson (Fannie); three grand-nieces; four grand-nephews; six great-grand-nieces; and two great-grand-nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 10:30 am. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to Asbury United Methodist Church, 300 East Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.