Carol Jean Swain, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 29, 2023.

She was born on December 9, 1939, to Forrest Gurnsey and Ila May Bandy Gurnsey. Carol had many creative talents. She painted many beautiful paintings on canvas and old saw blades. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, making gifts for her friends and family. The family always looked forward to Grandma Carol’s hand made slippers, wash cloths, afghan blankets and scarves. She loved traveling with her husband and little doggies in their RV. They were always adventurous in their RV traveling, trying out new places and parks and meeting new people. One of her favorite places to RV was close to home, at the Church Camp in Richardson’s Grove where they enjoyed visiting and helping their friends Bruce and Theresa. Carol always loved and enjoyed attending ladies lunch and bible study. She was a collector of butterfly trinkets and jewelry. She loved to read, but unfortunately, the last six months made that a difficult thing to do so she turned to watching her old cowboy movies. She was loved so much and is missed beyond measure.

Carol is survived by her husband Gerald “Steve” Swain, Son Forrest Johnson (Judy), Step-sons Gerald Swain (Jessica), Scott Swain (Taj), Grandchildren- Shayla Verbich (Mike), Shaun Bagley, Linnea Haycock (Tim), Meagan Johnson, Seth Johnson, Christopher Swain, Cassondra Swain-Stoner, Kenny Swain (Tessa), Shelsey McDonald, Dustin Swain, Tyler Swain, Shyanne Swain. Great-Grandchildren- Dylan, Braydan, Kolby, Dusty, Taylin, Lucus, Ariana, Aubree, Meagan, Connor, Rachael, Cash, Koda, Zeipher, Kinsley, Remington and Brody. Nephews Michael Murrish (Gina) and Stephen Murrish (Becky), Niece Dawna Kyber (Tim). Doggies, Heidi, Toby and Toto and her feathered friend Beamer.

She is preceded in death by her parents Forrest and Ila May Gurnsey, her Sister and Brother-in-law Betty Murrish and Don Murrish, Son Franklin Johnson, Step-Daughter Sherry McDonald, Step-Son Donald Swain, Nephew Curtis Murrish, Granddaughter Crystal, Grandsons, Brandon Swain and Steven Swain. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 1:00p.m. at Sunrise Cemetery, 3315 Newburg Road, Fortuna, followed by a Celebration of Life at Wood Street Chapel, 1649 Wood Street, Fortuna. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to Wood Street Chapel.

We would like to thank Hospice of Humboldt for their care and support.


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