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JOAN DIANE HUSTON SWETT
Joan Swett, 88, of Iowa City, passed away May 1, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Joan was born on May 30, 1932, in Houlton, Maine, the daughter of Mary and Mahlon Dunbar. In 1940, she was adopted by Arthur Huston. She married Keene Swett on Aug. 28, 1954, in Caribou, Maine. They were married for 65 years.
Joan graduated with a B.S. degree in home Eeonomics from the University of Maine at Farmington and did graduate studies at the University of Colorado. Joan was very generous and loved people. Her family, friends and neighbors were extremely important to her. She loved to entertain and believed there was always room for one more at the table. She loved Hawkeye football games when the house was filled with loud family and friends. She loved her daily walks in the neighborhood, visiting with everyone she met. Joan loved her book club and exercise class friends in person and on Zoom.
Joan loved traveling the world and seeking out adventure. She especially loved traveling with her children and grandchildren, instilling in them a sense of wonder for nature and the world. She loved spending time at the family cabin in Maine, skiing, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
Survivors include her daughter, Jo Ann Sheehan (Dennis) of Stoughton, Wis.; and son, Alan Swett (Lisa) of Johnston, Iowa; grandchildren, Michael Shattuck (Stephanie), Kelly Meinholz (Brad), Tyler Swett (Ashley) and Brandon Swett; great-grandchildren, Skylar, Cody, Jack and Jude; a sister-in-law, Kathy Swett of Skowhegan, Maine; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also had a very special place in her heart for Martha and Bob Kirby.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Keene; her parents; brother, Mahlon T. Dunbar; and sister, Marylee Huston Murphy.
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family wishes any memorials be made to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at www.givetoiowa.org or to Iowa City Library Friends Foundation at www.icplff.ejoinme.org.