Resident Spotlight – Carla Swanson

Carla Swanson

Carla was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. At 11 years old, her family relocated to Chicago where Carla would graduate from high school. In high school her favorite subject was history and she was a member of the Future Teachers of America.

After high school Carla attended Sioux Falls College majoring in History and Sociology. In 1963 Carla married her high school sweetheart who was home visiting from the Army, where he was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. She joined him in Heidelberg, and while there they enjoyed traveling for a month throughout Germany with friends in a Volkswagen. After 6 month living in Germany they moved to back to Chicago where they were blessed with having three children.

Carla and her husband divorced after 10 years. However, four years later she met the love of her life, whose name was John. Carla attended a dance in San Francisco one evening with a friend where she and John saw each other from across the room. It was love at first sight as they danced together much of the evening.

They went their own way after the dance, but John found out where she worked. As they realized how much they enjoyed time together, they were married 6 months later.

Carla and John lived in California for a short time until they moved to Oregon. He worked as an engineer and Carla worked in the accounting field. Together they cherished visiting with friends, music, dancing, picnics, reading and dinners together. It didn’t hurt that John was an excellent cook. They were married for 40 years until John passed away in 2018. Carla still visits with life long friends on a regular basis outside of Courtyard. Carla has 9 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandchildren who all live in Wisconsin.

Here at the Courtyard, Carla attends the grief support group and finds it very helpful. She attends exercise class on a regular basis, and enjoys social hour afterwards. She is considering joining the reading group since she is an avid reader. Carla also enjoys making quilts and sewing.