Obituary: Susan Swenson
Susan Swenson of Norman, Oklahoma, a former Montclair resident who raised her family and had a long career in education in Oklahoma, died on Jan. 2, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. She was 69.
Mrs. Swenson was born in 1953 to William and Vivian (Lewis) Munro in New York City and grew up in Park Ridge and Montclair. After she graduated from Montclair High School in 1971, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education from the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.
It was at the university, in the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, that she met her husband, Paul. They married in 1975 and remained in Norman. She was an avid OU sports fan and a regular attendee of Sooner football games.
Mrs. Swenson was a passionate educator and advocate for lifelong learning. She was a teacher in the Norman public schools for 35 years. She served at various times as head teacher, IT specialist and grant writer, and was a Norman Public Schools Teacher of the Year finalist.
Outside of her work, she was a committed supporter of several other organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary and McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, for which she helped lead medical missions to Costa Rica and Haiti and volunteered with the church's food pantry and utility assistance ministries.
She was an adventurer at heart; throughout her life, she visited all seven continents and took her family on countless camping trips across the country.
Mrs. Swenson’s greatest satisfaction was raising her two daughters, Kelli and Alison, and watching and encouraging them to develop into talented, conscientious young women. When grandkids came along, she enjoyed teaching them, playing games and attending their many activities.
She was known for jumping in to help whenever there was a need and rarely did anything halfway. She wasn't in it for the glory or the recognition, but just wanted to make her corner of the world a better place.
Mrs. Swenson is survived by her husband, Paul; daughters, Kelli Bryan (Jonathan) and Alison Swenson; grandchildren, Anna, Nora, Asher and Tai Bryan; sister, Leslie Soulen, and brother, Andy Munro (Amy).
Services were held at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church on Jan. 7.
The family requests that friends consider a donation to the McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church utility assistance or food pantry ministries.
Arrangements were by Tribute Memorial Care, Norman.