Janet Louise Craig Swift McFarland

Born: Fri., Oct. 20, 1939
Died: Fri., Apr. 22, 2011

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Janet Craig Swift McFarland
1939-2011
Janet McFarland, 71, passed away peacefully in her home in Central City, Colorado the morning of Good Friday, April 22nd, 2011.
Janet was born in Springfield, Illinois on October 20, 1939 and was preceded in death by her husband Daniel Parker Swift. Together they had three children, Bennett Kerry Swift, Kathleen Anne Swift and Jeffrey Bruce Swift.
She was raised in Kendallville Indiana, where she graduated from high school in 1957. Janet attended Whittier College in Whittier California where she met Dan. They met in a college production of "Gone With the Wind". They were married December 30th, 1961 in Whittier. They raised their children in Fullerton California until Dan's untimely death in 1972. She raised her three children alone for many years until she met her next love, Ron McFarland in 1979.
Janet and Ron moved to Meridian Idaho with Bennett, Kathleen and Jeffrey in 1983. They lived there for three years before moving to Durango Colorado in 1986. They later settled in Central City in 1988 where they began building a large network of friends and extended family on the Front Range. She became involved in wolf recovery by educating the populace through the Rocky Mountain Wolf Sanctuary. She and Ron were instrumental in changing the public understanding of wolves in the wild until Ron's health began to decline. Ron preceded her in death on October 5, 2005.
She worked many years in food and beverage in Black Hawk, Central City and Idaho Springs. She most recently worked at Tommyknockers in Idaho Springs as an administrative assistant. It was a job that she truly enjoyed and she looked forward to going to work each and every day.
Janet was someone that knew no strangers; everyone she came in contact with quickly became a friend. She was available to help whenever and wherever she could. She was active in her church where she played piano and organ for Sunday services for over twenty years. She was also active with the Peak to Peak Chorale for over fifteen years and her love of music led her into the world of opera. Her expertise on the piano will be a lasting legacy for many people who heard and enjoyed her music.
Janet is survived by her three children, Bennett and wife Suzanne, Kathleen and husband Bob Molino, two grandchildren, Kenneth and Bobbie Molino, Jeffrey, a brother Jim Craig, a sister Jacqueline Craig and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Central City on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be sent in Janet's name to St. Paul's Episcopal Church or The Peak to Peak Chorale.

Service Details

Friday, April 29th, 2011, 3:00pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

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