Lynda Elliott Swenson ’71

Lynda Swenson’s sparkling blue eyes, gentle spirit, and beautiful smile warmed the hearts of all who knew her. She was full of kindness yet also possessed a quiet inner strength and stubbornness, which helped her live a full and happy life, even during her long battle with brain cancer. Lynda was born and raised in the New Hampshire lakes region. A native of Center Sandwich, she never missed the fair. She went on to elementary school in New Hampton’s little red schoolhouse and attended Northampton School for Girls. Lynda met her husband, Lenny, on the shores of Lake Waukewan. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Lynda’s positive influence was deeply felt by many in the Monadnock Region. Raising her three children, she was a vital and supportive piece of the New Ipswich community for over 38 years. Lynda was the favorite neighborhood mom, loving and accepting as her own, her children’s friends. Always cheering, present, and helpful during community activities, school performances, and Mascenic Viking sporting events. In 2015, she retired to Center Harbor to enjoy the lakes and mountains of her youth.
Lynda had the loveliest flower gardens and a true gift for horticulture. She relished working in the earth, making her passion her profession: one full of flowering colors, bright designs, and happy growth. Lynda had great expertise in gardening and landscaping; she worked with herbs, in greenhouses, commercial spaces, garden centers, and in the community. Lynda loved all things outdoors. Many have fond memories of shared early morning walks, serene (sometimes exhilarating) X-C skiing, hikes, and kayaking adventures. By the gallery of joyful memories proudly displayed on her walls, there is no doubt of her immense love for her children, grandchildren, sisters, family, and friends. Lynda will always be remembered for the beautiful things she grew, her sweet cheerful smile, kind soul, and loving spirit.
In honor of her wishes, there will not be a service, but a celebration of life will be held later this summer.

3 thoughts on “Lynda Elliott Swenson ’71”

  1. Lynda seemed to always have a quiet strength and beautiful smile when we were at NSFG together – I’m not surprised that she went on to live a life full of community and love. I’m sending all my best to her family and close friends.

  2. Lynda was MBFF in our senior year in Hathaway House and we shared a life long friendship. I was honored to be in her wedding in September 1971 to the love of her life Lenny. She and Lenny came all the way to NJ to attend my wedding in January 1975 and was 7 months pregnant with her first child Megan. She and Lenny are our daughter Erin’s godparents and in 2008 attended her wedding on the Outer Banks in NC. I remember our walks along the dike, our strong bond and love for one another across the miles. So beautiful inside and out just a beautiful smile and gentle, loving spirit always surrounded her. I will miss her so and my heart aches for Lenny, her sweet children and her beautiful sisters. Rest In Peace sweet friend

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