Rose Marie (Pepper) (Richards) Swance, much loved wife of Al Swance of Blenheim passed away at Riverview Gardens on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012.  Rose was born in Raleigh Township 81 years ago to her late parents Walter & Florence Pepper and worked as a bookkeeper for Town & Country Lumber.  She has one sister, Lorna Kay, of Chatham.  Rose married her high school sweetheart, Harry Richards, who predeceased her in 1977 and together they had four children; Leroy (Karen) Richards of London, Ronald Richards of Delhi, Janet (Stephen) Ross of Dundas and Deborah (Mike) Degan of London.  Their family grew to include grandchildren and great grandchildren Stephanie (Dan) Roberts and their daughter Savannah, Pamela (David) Pridmore, Andrew Ross, Christopher (Stephanie) Ross and their daughter Samantha, Nicholas Ross, Hannah and Olivia Richards.  In 1982 Rose married Al Swance and her family  grew again to include his children; Gary Swance (Kathy Kohajda) of Kearney, Gregory (Darlene) Swance of Blenheim, Gordon (Monica) Swance of Morpeth as well as Al’s grandchildren and great grandchildren Shalynn Ramsden, Desirée Swance, Brandon Swance, Colin [Nadja) Seney and their daughter Bianca, Jordan Swance and Kelsey Swance.  Rose was a former member of Blenheim Kinnettes as well as a Past District Governor and National Convenor.  She promoted youth bowling in Blenheim, was a former award winning ladies golfer at the Blenheim Community Golf Course, a member of the Blenheim United Church, and a member of the Blenheim Seniors Centre.  She enjoyed playing cards, knitting and dancing, travelling to new places, but nothing surpassed time with her family, especially on Christmas morning.  Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. to show their support to Rose’s family.  A Funeral Service will be conducted at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 7th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Bruce Cook officiating.  Cremation will follow with a private family interment in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.  Friends wishing to remember Rose with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society or Cancer Society.

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