Madeline Barbara Ricker “Dutch” Swain of Sudbury, MA/Charlton, MA , April 12, 1932 – September 9, 2016

Madeline Barbara Ricker Swain, also known as “Dutch” peacefully passed away Friday, September 9, 2016 in Charlton, MA at the age of 84.  Her husband of 56 years, Jonathan Folger Swain, “Bing,” predeceased her. She is survived by two daughters; Jennifer of Los Altos, CA and Suzanne of Winchester, MA, three grandchildren, Mark, Lexie and Juliana all of Winchester, MA, and ten nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Earl William and and John Marshall. Born April 12, 1932 the daughter of Earl Malcolm Ricker and Edla Marie Lindholm Ricker, Dutch was raised in Walpole and summered in Nantucket, where she would meet her husband, Bing. She was a graduate of Northampton School for Girls and received a B.A. degree from Wheaton College. She resided in Sudbury, MA for 44 years with her husband, where they raised their two daughters.  Dutch was a wonderfully loving and caring full time mother, wife and volunteer member serving many schools, organizations, local food pantries and her church, Sudbury United Methodist Church. She enjoyed tennis, gardening, baking brownies, Red Sox games, reading, cooking up her top secret clam chowder recipe, spending time with a circle of her close friends who called themselves The Fat Farm and the island of Nantucket.  Memorial Services will be held at Overlook Life Care Community Chapel, Nicoll Chapel, 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, MA on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11AM and at Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road, Sudbury, MA  on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11AM. All are welcome. Dutch expressed her wish for three things in her honor: that bright colors (not black) be worn to her memorial service in celebration of her joyful life, that memorial donations be made to Overlook’s Hospice Care at http://overlook-mass.org/commu nity/support-overlook/, and that those who knew and loved her perform random acts of kindness for others and post their deed on her Facebook page as a way to spread kindness and love in the world.
 
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