Jessie Swedlund, 99, died Jan. 31, 2018. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Emily Doris Jessie was born Jan. 16, 1919, in Sussex, England, to Frederick and Emily Baron. When Jessie was a baby the family immigrated to Quebec, Canada, and settled in the Brownsburg area where her sister Dorothy was born. She grew up attending school in the area. In July of 1939, her mother decided to return to England. She would not go unless her daughters also went. Jessie and her sister intended to get their mother settled and return to Canada. In September of 1939, World War II broke out in Europe and they were unable to return. During the war, Jessie worked for the war effort as a machine operator making parts for the spitfire airplanes. In 1950, Jessie returned to Canada and joined her sister who had returned three years earlier. Jessie’s sister, Dorothy moved with her family to San Francisco in 1956. Jessie visited her sister and during that time met her future husband, Cliff Swedlund. In 1959, Jessie moved to San Francisco. She married Cliff in 1961 and lived in San Francisco until 1977, when they moved to Bismarck after Cliff retired, where she lived for 30 years. Jessie was a devoted follower of Christ. She enjoyed knitting and made beautiful sweaters.
Jessie was preceded in death by her parents; and loving husband, Cliff.
Jessie is survived by her sister, Dorothy Poulin; nieces, Brenda Rascoe and Marlyn Poulin; and a nephew, Robert Poulin, all of California; and a great-nephew, Guy (Brenda) Tangedahll, Bismarck.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers a memorial to a charity of your choice.