FARMINGTON — Rita Swift, 97, of Farmington, formerly of Wilton, died Monday afternoon, Aug. 3, at Pinewood Terrace in Farmington.

She was born June 22, 1912, in St. George, Canada, the daughter of Edmond and Rachael Gendreau.

She received her education in Canada and in Maine schools and became a registered nurse, working at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Farmington, (now known as FMH).

Mrs. Swift enjoyed 64 years of marriage to Howard E. Swift. He predeceased her on Nov. 13, 2004.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wilton, and later St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Farmington. She was a former member of Tyngtown.

Mrs. Swift will long be remembered by many local children, particularly those in Wilton (Sunset Avenue), for her carved jack-o-lanterns and homemade popcorn balls … a longstanding tradition enjoyed by many.

Survivors include a son, Peter Swift and his wife, Julie, of Arizona; a daughter-in-law, Joanann Swift of Texas; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Arthur Swift.

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