Devoted wife, sister, mother and grandmother Emma-Lou Swanton passed away peacefully in the company of her husband and a small gathering of her children and grandchildren on Thursday.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Frederick W. Swanton, and six children: sons Harold E. (Hal), William M. (Mac), Frederick J. (Jay), Craig A., and Kyle W., and daughter Janette G. (Jan) Antonelli, as well as 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Emma-Lou was born in Virden, Ill., and is survived also by her brother Raymond W. Phipps Jr. of Springfield, Ill. Their family moved to Newington, Conn., in 1937, where she finished high school and gained her teaching degree from Central Connecticut State College. While in high school, she met Fred Swanton shortly before World War II when he enlisted in the Navy at the tender age of 17, after Pearl Harbor. They were married in January 1948 and the young family grew in Connecticut until 1962 when they moved to Denver, Colo., and then on to California, eventually establishingmore permanent roots in Half Moon Bay in 1969. The entire family loved the coastal environment, and her community spirit thrived as her real estate career and family activity introduced her to the people who welcomed her to the place she called home for the rest of her life. She is deeply missed.

A “Celebration of Life” for Emma-Lou is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, 214 Princeton Ave., Princeton. We welcome her friends to come and share memories of her with us.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Coastside Senior Center at 535 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019.

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