Rose Leman MacSwain, 92, passed away at Providence Alaska Hospital early in the morning of Jan. 23, 2020.
Born in Ninilchik, Alaska, on May 13, 1927, to Joseph A. and Irene Leman, she was the seventh of eight children. Rose was a sixth-generation Alaskan and she was the granddaughter of Joseph M. Cooper, a gold miner from Missouri who discovered Cooper Landing, Alaska, in 1884.
After completing the eighth grade in Ninilchik, Rose boarded an Alaska Steamship in Seward and sailed to Seattle, Wash., where she would attend Ballard High School. She graduated in three years. While in school she also worked in downtown Seattle at the Frederick and Nelson department store. Rose loved the city life! She sailed back to Alaska after graduation and worked in the new Federal Building in Anchorage. While on a summer trip to visit her parents, she met a young man who was working on the highway project between Ninilchik and Homer. She and James "Mac" MacSwain married and moved to Seward in 1946. When Mac died in 2003, he and Rose had lived in Seward for more than 57 years. Rose continued to live in Seward until 2015, when she moved to Anchorage.
Rose was well known in Seward. She spent many years as a clerk at Seward Drug with pharmacist Si Sidner and then about 40 years at Brown and Hawkins with Virginia Darling. Rose was a master bridge player and in her later years she loved weekly card parties and bingo. She never lost her love of dancing. Rose and Mac took many road trips "outside", but their stops in Las Vegas, Nev., were her favorites!
Rose was an outstanding volunteer in Seward and gave her time and her talent to many civic clubs and organizations in Seward. She was deeply honored to be named Seward Volunteer of the Year. Rose was a longtime member of Seward Emblem Club #250, Seward Elks Club, Wes-Gen Auxiliary and the Seward Senior Center. She worked at the polls for local, state and national elections for fifty years and she also volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce Information Cache when it was located in the Railroad Car on Third Avenue. Rose attended St. Peter's Episcopal Church and was a member of Daughters of the King.
Rose left this world peacefully on Wednesday morning and she will be forever missed.
Rose is survived by her son, Steve (Linda); grandson, Steve (Claudia); granddaughter, Stephanie; great-grandsons, Steven and Landon; and siblings, Joe Leman (Selma) and Betty Porter.
Funeral arrangements for Rose are entrusted to the Cremation Society of Alaska and will be announced at a later time.
Condolences may be sent to MacSwain Associates, LLC, 4401 Business Park Blvd, Suite 22, Anchorage, AK 99503, and remembrances in her name may be sent to the Seward Senior Center, P.O. Box 1195, Seward, AK 99664.