Happy 117th Birthday Waldina Maria Asplund Anderson Swanbeck

Today is the 117th birthday of the namesake of this website: Waldina! She is my mother’s mother’s mother. On my 18th birthday, I received a card with a $20 bill it and a handwritten note that read:  “Vote Democrat.” The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.

NAME: Waldina Maria Asplund Anderson Swanbeck
OCCUPATION: Matriarch, Activist
BIRTH DATE: July 22, 1901
PLACE OF BIRTH: Munsola, Finland
DATE OF DEATH: May 25, 1989
PLACE OF DEATH: Aberdeen, Washington

Waldina Maria Asplund was born on July 22, 1901 in Munsola, Finland. She married Alfred Liljkvist Anderson on November 28, 1917. They had three children in 14 years. She died on May 25, 1989, in Aberdeen, Washington, at the age of 87. Here is her story:

 

ARRIVAL: 1916 at age 15.

MARRIAGE: She married Alfred Liljkvist Anderson on November 28, 1917, when she was 16 years old, he was 31.

BIRTH OF DAUGHTER: Her daughter Alfa Waldina was born on August 25, 1919, in Astoria, Oregon, she was 18.

BIRTH OF SON: Her son Waldie Alfred was born on February 5, 1930, in Aberdeen, Washington, she was 28.

BIRTH OF SON: Her son Aldo Nino was born on February 24, 1934, in Aberdeen, Washington, she was 32.

DEATH OF HUSBAND: Her husband Alfred Liljkvist passed away on October 25, 1946, in Aberdeen, Washington, at the age of 60. She was 45 and they had been married 28 years.

MARRIAGE: married Gunnar Axel Swanbeck in Grays Harbor City, Washington, on February 23, 1957, when she was 55 years old, he was 48.

DEATH OF HUSBAND: Her husband Gunnar Axel passed away on January 18, 1970, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 60. They had been married 12 years.

DEATH OF DAUGHTER: Her daughter Alfa Waldina passed away on December 26, 1984, in Bremerton, Washington, at the age of 65.

DEATH: She died on May 25, 1989, in Aberdeen, Washington, when she was 87 years old.

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One comment

  1. This is a wonderful tribute. She would be gratified to see how you honor her, and of course the feisty old girl would know she deserves it! 😉 She was quite a grand lady – probably our first experience of a strong feminist, before feminism was a thing. I’m so very glad that you & Kris were able to know her – she became an important person in your life as well as in mine. She pops into my head all the time – at add moments, unexpectedly. I think she’s keeping an eye on us all. That makes me smile.

    ❤

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