Patricia Martin Hare Swensen
Swensen, Patricia Martin Hare (Patti), 87, peacefully passed away on July 20, 2023, in Hendersonville, N.C. She was born on June 6, 1936, in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, to Hubert and Gladys Martin, and her life was a testament to love, faith, and service.
After completing her education at Columbia Union College, Patti dedicated herself to work for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Columbia Union College. However, her true passions extended beyond her professional achievements. Patti found solace and wisdom within the pages of the Bible, and her artistic talents shone through her beautiful quilting and knitting projects, bringing warmth and beauty to those fortunate enough to receive them.
Patti's faith was deeply ingrained, as evidenced by her active involvement in the Fletcher Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Within her church family, she found both a sense of community and spiritual nourishment, sharing her kind heart and generous spirit with others.
Patti was preceded in death by her first husband, Peter Edgar Hare, and her parents, Hubert and Gladys Martin. She is survived by her loving husband of 14 years, Raymond "Bud" Swensen, and her cherished children: Carol Pack (John) of Milton, DE; Calvin Hare (Leslie) of Winter Park, FL; and stepson Reginald Swensen (Wanda) of Weimar, CA.
Patti's legacy lives on through her grandchildren: Stacey Pack (John Myers) of Baltimore, MD; Brian Pack (Samantha) of Beltsville, MD; and step-grandchildren Alexander (Sarah) Swensen of Nashville, TN, and William (Rechelle-Lee) Swensen of Boise, ID. Her great-grandchildren, Audrey Myers of Baltimore, MD; Hailey Pack of Beltsville, MD; Peter Myers of Baltimore, MD; and David Pack of Beltsville, MD, brought immense joy to her life.
Patti is survived by her sister, Lenore Combs (Charles), of Laguna Woods, CA, along with numerous nieces, a nephew, and dear friends who will miss her dearly.
Services to celebrate Patti's life were held at Fletcher Park Inn, Upper Room on September 23, 2023, where her warm spirit and cherished memories were honored by those who loved her most.