SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

August 14, 2013

Alice Swett, 82


Sanford, Me — Alice B. Swett, 82, of Sanford, died August 12, at Greenwood Nursing Home, with her family by her side.

Alice was born on September 21, 1930, and was the daughter of George and Irene (Wedgwood) McElroy. She grew up in Salem, Mass., and attended the local schools, graduating in 1948 from Salem High School, where she was a proud cheerleader. She then went to work for New England Telephone as a phone operator, until she began her family.

On February 22, 1952, she married John Swett at St. Mary’s Church in Beverly, Mass. She was a devoted military wife spending lots of time raising their five children.

She enjoyed Bingo, as well as being an avid sports fan, especially the Red Sox and Patriots. Alice always looked forward to the Salem/Beverly Thanksgiving Day High School football game, always rooting for Salem. She was very devout Catholic. Her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Alice was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her grandson, Joshua Shairs.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Shairs and her husband, George, of Kennebunk, John Swett of Beverly, Cynthia Karolides and her husband, William, of Acton, Maine, Mary Frances Rennick and her husband, Jim, of Beverly, and Mark Swett and his wife, Lisa, of Groveland, Mass.

Alice is also survived by her grandchildren, Katherine Teague of North Carolina, Patrick Shairs of Tennessee, Allison Shairs of Kennebunk, Kerri Swett of Beverly, Joseph Karolides of Port Orchard, Wash., Timothy and Thomas Karolides, both of Wells, Hailey and Meaghan Rennick, both of Beverly, Lauren and Matthew Swett, both of Groveland. She is survived by great-grandchildren, Corey and Ryan Swett, and Grayson Shairs.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 16, at 1 p.m., at Saint Mary’s Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly. Burial will follow immediately at the North Beverly Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Lodges Care Center Activities Fund, 51 Main Street, Springvale.

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com.