Mayme H. Swanson


Mayme H. Swanson was born in Powhatan, West Virginia on March 2, 1931. She passed away on February 16, 2020.

One of seven children, Mayme married Melvin T. Swanson in 1953 and graduated from Bluefield State College in 1954. Mayme enjoyed her life as a military spouse and traveled in the U.S. and abroad. As a young woman, Mayme played softball and with Melvin as the team coach, they traveled throughout the western part of the Unite States for a semi-professional team. They settled in Columbus, Ohio when Melvin retired from the Air Force.

Mayme taught Home Economics in the Columbus Public School system for over 25 years. To the delight of their friends, Mayme and Melvin became avid Ohio State Football fans. They attended games and enthusiastically cheered the Buckeyes on with family and friends at home.

Mayme was also a devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She enjoyed hosting sorors, family and friends for many gatherings and true to her training, was a fabulous cook. She was a loving wife, sister, mother and aunt and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Mayme is predeceased by her husband Melvin Swanson and her parents, Raymond and Emma Harris. Also predeceasing her were her five siblings, Edward Harris, Otha Harris, Ernest Harris, Helen Rutledge and Raymond Harris Jr. She is survived by her brother James S. Harris Sr. of Cleveland, Ohio. She is also survived by her daughters, Pamela Swanson of Columbus, Ohio, Patrice Swanson of Columbus, Ohio, Gillian Swanson of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and Shana Swanson, of Oakland, California.

For those who desire, donations may be made in Mayme’s memory to:Palliative Care Hospice Fund 305321.
Checks should be payable to: OSU Foundation, 660 Ackerman Rd. P.O. Box 183112 Columbus, Ohio 43218-3112

Visitation 11:00AM and Funeral Service 12:00PM Monday, February 24, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Condolence Messages

  1. Barbra Scott King

    My husband shared many happy moments with Mayme and Melvin. The three of them have left me but not my heart. I will always cherish fond memories.
    Barbara King


    Today the Lord dropped Mrs. Swanson in my spirit after soon many years passed. She was my Home Economics teacher so long ago. I remember when she taught us how to make homemade ice cream, and coleslaw from scratch. Taught us how to sew small handmade duffel bags. I never forgot. The shadow of her love of teaching things that will carry you through life was a blessing for me, even til this day. During this corona virus pandemic, I wanted to find a way to help from home. Therefore i started making face mask, even though i dont sew for a living, I remembered who taught me. I wanted to thank her, but here is where i found her. My Condolence to Mrs. Swanson’s family. Thank you for lending her to us her shadow lives on in her students. God Bless you!

  3. God Bless Mrs Swanson. Today is Juneteenth. I was listening to a talk about the importance of African American teachers to African American students, and I thought of her. I was a transplant from a small town and had attended predominantly white schools my entire life. To say I suffered from culture shock is putting it mildly. Mrs. Swanson took me under her wing the two years I was at Eastmoor and I will never forget her. Thank you for everything.

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