Wanda Thompson Swenson Carter | Obituary

WANDA THOMPSON SWENSON CARTER, 95, passed away at her home in Oak Harbor after a short illness with her Granddaughter Tammy Swenson by her side on August 4th 2022. She was born in South Dakota to Harold and Grace Thompson. At a young age, after a sandstorm devastated their farm, her family moved to Snoqualmie, Wa. Wanda attended high school at Snoqualmie High school and was valedictorian of the last graduating class from Snoqualmie High School which consolidated with 3 valley high schools the next year to create Mount Si High School. Wanda worked for the Snoqualmie Valley Record before working in the office at Mount Si High School and later transferred to the district office in Seattle to help refine the computer program for report cards. Wanda later sold real estate while fulfilling her lifelong dream of learning to fly private airplanes. She was married to Robert Swenson for over 26 years,they had 4 children, Sue(Bruce) Beamer, Robert (Robin) Swenson, Sharon Yakanak and Jim(Pat) Swenson. She later married Russ Carter and lived in Seattle. After Russ retired they traveled in their motor home throughout the US, Mexico and Canada. They often flew to Maui to visit her sister Shirely(Bob) Cox and help with their rental program. After her husband passed away, and her sister retired, Wanda traveled with Shirley and Bob in their motorhome. Bob jokingly said ‘the motor home won’t start unless Wanda is on board’. She was a fantastic travel companion, looking up places for them to visit and parks for them to stay at in the lower 48 States and Canada. Wanda had a very large family and her favorite saying was ‘My grandchildren have grandchildren’. She always made sure she was at the Cox family Christmas celebration the Sunday before Christmas and other important Cox family events. She was a wonderful, loving and caring sister. She is survived by her sister, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and her many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Wanda is missed deeply by us all.