Dorothy L. McSwane

Dorothy L. McSwane

KLIPSAN — Dorothy L. McSwane, 74, lost her battle with cancer on Dec. 27, 2010, at her Klipsan Beach residence. Born March 8, 1936, in Alamogordo, N.M., she was the daughter of Courtney and Lucille Lee. She graduated from Yuma Union High School in Arizona and obtained her degree in economics from the University of Arizona. 

She held the honor of national president of the Future Homemakers of America in 1951. She also has been president of the Lioness, past worthy matron of Order of Eastern Star in New Mexico, and locally a member of both Ocean Park Eagles and Moose lodges. 

In the mid-1950s she resided in Alaska where she worked as an accountant and raised her family. Moving back to Arizona in the 1960s she was employed by Greater Arizona Savings. She moved to the Peninsula three years ago to be near family, coming from Tularosa, N.M., where she had resided for 20 years, operating her own real estate business. 

She was full of life, and amongst her many activities she enjoyed riding her motorcycle and traveling, having literally gone around the world with family and friends. She loved her family! 

Survivors include two former husbands, William Kryger and Alfred Barber; children, Colletta Kryger and son-in-law Donald Jensen with whom she was residing, Tonya McClendon, Darcy Galletti, Lena Barber, Dino Barber; stepchildren, James Kennedy, Phyllis Kennedy, Dianne Kennedy, Jay McSwane and Myron McSwane; grandchildren, Danie’l Tonacchio, Richard Tonacchio, William Tonacchio, Tish Hice, Tracy Barber, Katy Barber, Anthony Barber, Alita Matz, Roberto Galletti, Niccolo Galletti, Jennifer Jensen, Donny Jensen, Robert Jensen and Shonna Jensen, Wayne McSwane, Gabe McSwane, Jason McSwane and Haley McSwane; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Blossom, Hunter and Nickolas; and two great-great-grandchildren. Two of her children, Alfred Barber Jr. and Jessica Kennedy, and two husbands, Phillip Kennedy and Nobel “Mac” McSwane, preceded her in death.

No service will be held locally. The family requests memorials to the South Pacific County Humane Society as she loved all animals, especially her faithful pooch, Minnie. Her guest book is available at

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