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Mary Jane Swalwell

Female 1907 - 2014  (106 years)


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  • Name Mary Jane Swalwell 
    Born 11 May 1907 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Feb 2014 
    Person ID I29898  Family Tree
    Last Modified 22 May 2020 

    Father Samuel Swalwell 
    Mother Margaret Moore 
    Family ID F14515  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • May 11, 1907 ?" February 22, 2014 It is with loving hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Jane Chambers (nee Swalwell), at Pinewood Court, Thunder Bay on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the age of 106. Mary Jane was beloved by all who knew her. Born in 1907 in O'Connor Township, the same year the township was incorporated, Mary Jane grew up and attended school, married and raised a family, living in O'Connor for most of her life.Mary Jane descended from one of the earliest European families in North America. She was the 9th great granddaughter of John Moore, who arrived with his parents Thomas and Elizabeth, in Connecticut in 1630. Mary Jane's branch of the Moore family came to Canada as United Empire Loyalists in 1792, settling in Eastern Ontario.Mary Jane's father's side of the family was equally connected to the early days of Canada. Her great grandfather, Anthony Swalwell, an English Civil Engineer, canoed into Ottawa in 1825 to survey the building of the first road and assisted in the building of the canals.Mary Jane's parents, Samuel Swalwell and Margaret Moore came to the O'Connor area in 1905, along with her grandparents, Thomas Swalwell and Mary Jane Sereney. Her grandfather Tom was a veterinarian in the fledgling community. With such a rich history, it is no surprise that Mary Jane was intensely loyal to her community and Canada.Mary Jane married William Edward Chambers, also of O'Connor in 1927. Together they worked to establish a fine home and property and to give each of their four children, Tom, Mary, Bob and Margaret a good education and warm family life.Mary Jane was active in the Kakabeka Falls United Church, was kindly and care taking, always a welcoming and generous host, loving people to visit. She was creative, clever and resourceful, able to skillfully knit, quilt and sew. Gardening was her passion up into her 90's. Mary Jane's family was of the greatest importance to her; each grandchild felt that they were the most important.Mary Jane was predeceased by her loving husband William, in 1975 and daughter Mary (Tim) Boyd in 1988. She is survived by her sons Tom (Lenore) and Bob (Lois), and daughter Margaret (Doug) MacDonald, 11 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.As per Mary Jane's wishes, a private service for family and close friends will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11:00AM in the WESTFORT CHAPEL, 420 West Gore Street at James officiated by Rev. Lloyd Ivany. Interment will follow in O'Connor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.