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Dorothy “Dot” Swing

by | Feb 20, 2019 | Obituaries

Dorothy Elaine Ketner “Dot” Swing, 94, of Salisbury, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 12.

Born Oct. 10, 1924, in Salisbury, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Effie Viola Yost Ketner and George Robert Ketner; and the stepdaughter of the late Allene Glover Ketner.

Mrs. Swing was educated in the Salisbury schools and graduated in 1941 from Boyden High School, now known as Salisbury High School. She received her B.A. from Lenoir Rhyne University, graduating in 1945. She was the first woman elected editor of the weekly Lenoir Rhyne and was elected May Queen for the school year 1944-45. She received her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1978.

A business education and social studies teacher, Mrs. Swing taught at high schools and junior high schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. She also was a payroll secretary for the Social Security Administration in Hickory, North Carolina, payroll secretary for the Department of Education, and project associate at the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Stafford Leroy Swing, in 1980, and brothers Glenn Ketner Sr., Robert Ray Ketner Sr., C. Brown Ketner and Ralph W. Ketner. Also preceding her was her youngest daughter, Janet Swing Quick.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Paul Swing Sr. and wife Peggy of St. Louis; Don Swing and wife Maryann of San Antonio; and Debra Swing Preis of Hopkinton; her sister, Virginia Ketner Petty of Greensboro, North Carolina; grandchildren Sherry Cunningham, Paul Swing Jr., Tyler Quick, Matthew Quick and Rohan Preis; and great-grandchildren Colin and Holland Cunningham.

A funeral service was conducted Feb. 16 at the Summersett Memorial Chapel, with interment following at City Memorial Park in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Memorials may be made to: Rowan Helping Ministries, Rowanhelpingministries.org, 226 North Long St., Salisbury, NC 28144 or First Presbyterian Church, 308 West Fisher St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Online condolences may be made to www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


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