Justyn B. Swanson • April 24, 2019

Justyn B Swanson went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 24, 2019.
Justyn was born on January 12, 1927 in Meridian, MS. Both her parents and husband of 59 years, Donald V Swanson has preceded her in death. Justyn came to Pensacola in 1945. She was employed as a secretary at the Naval Air Station where she met and fell in love with Don. She entered a contest with Bride and Groom, told her story of how she and Don met, was selected and flown to Los Angeles where they were married. After the chapel wedding, couples were then interviewed during a 30-minute nationally broadcasted radio program. When her children were grown she began to express her artistic talent in the form of painting. She became quite an accomplished artist, preferring pastels and watercolors, with many of her prints and originals enhancing friends and family homes. She was an active church member and participant in different areas of church work. She and Don were members at McIlwain Memorial Presbyterian Church since the early 60’s. She leaves two son’s Spencer Swanson (wife Frauna) and Stanley Swanson; five grandchildren, Ian (wife Miriam), Chip (wife Courtney), Stephen (wife Anna), Ashley Swanson, Kristen (husband Stuart) and 15 great grand children. She is also survived by her brother Jack Gibson and sister Polly Picken.
The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. at McIlwain Memorial Presbyterian Church on Tuesday April 30th until services begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to McIlwain Church or Covenant Hospice.

  1. steven alm says:

    Although we will be unable to attend your funeral, Justyn, you will remain in our hearts forever. Your kind smile and gentle ways are an example for each of us to emulate. May you be welcomed into Heaven with the acclamation “well done oh kind and gentle servant”. We who remain will cherish the memory of you for the remainder of our time here on earth, until that wonderful day when we are reunited for all time. May God Bless You and Your Family both near and far.

  2. Rex & Joan Brooks says:

    A kind and gentle woman who loved God with all of her heart and soul. She is now “In His Presence.”

  3. Diana trani says:

    I never got to meet you but heard a lot of beautiful things about you,Justin I seen you in photos of you my daughter malaika loved you so much and enjoy being with you were the best aunt malaika had, your home now in our lords house amen

  4. Diana trani says:

    You will be missed for sure Justin

  5. Most of my life as a friend of Polly I had the pleasure of knowing the Gibson family. I loved them all. Justyn was always the most beautiful, gentle, kind and spirit filled person ever. In my eyes she was like a movie star that you could see in heaven. And now she is there. Amen

  6. Joe and Petrea Tomko says:

    Petrea and I remember the kind sweetness of her spirit. She was a true gift to us all and will be missed.

  7. Carolyn Sullivan says:

    I will miss her and all the memories we made while shopping and cooking together. She was the kindest soul and her absence will definitely be felt.

  8. TERRI G SLAY says:

    Did you know that strength has nothing to do with muscle? Or know the beauty and grace of a quiet leader? My Aunt Justyn was one of my greatest teachers. She quietly molded those around her every day of her life. I only realized the gift God gave me after her passing. I sat and thought about how she molded me, without my ever realizing it, through so many of my earliest childhood memories.

    Going to Aunt Justyn’s and Uncle Donald’s was today’s equivalent of an amusement park. We would gather eggs, pick from the garden, gather blueberries, play with plants, cook and always laughing. Joy and laughter were constant companions with Aunt Justyn.

    When she started her art classes I remember going with her to Bayou Chico. She wanted to draw the shrimp trawlers. I was mesmerized! How was she doing THAT with a blank sheet of paper? I didn’t dare talk because I didn’t want to break the spell. The next week I sat behind my sister riding in our VW Bug and sketched her (crooked pigtails and hula hop around her shoulders) on our ways to Sunday dinner at Grandma’s. Aunt Justyn opened a door that has brought be unimaginable joy. Thank you for that gift!

    But that was only one component of my Aunt. She epitomized the definition of GRACE! Her faith in our Lord was her core. She never preached or condemned anyone — she LIVED her faith every single day of her life. I am not sure if she realized the impact that she was making on those around her, but I KNOW they felt it. She was kind and polite even to the end. I never heard her raise her voice or speak negatively about another person. WHO can say that? Very few indeed!

    She was the greatest example of GRACE, FAITH, true BEAUTY and STRENGTH. I know my cousins (and all who encountered Aunt Justyn)
    and their families understand the depth of their blessings. Justyn Swanson was the best ROLE MODEL ever!

    I am so humbled and grateful that God allowed my Aunt Justyn to be a part of my world. She created moments and memories that we will all cherish until we meet again. Simply put, my Aunt Justyn’s life was PURE ART! Masterpieces like her are few and far between.

    I love you and thank you for gifts you brought to my life!

  9. Stephanie Davis says:

    What an amazing southern woman she was! I can’t say enough about her; Talented, funny, beautiful inside & out the list goes on. She will be missed. I know she’s in a better place without pain. We will be praying for the family and we love you all. We love so much Aunt Justyn, until we see you again.💗 Stephanie

  10. Stephanie Davis says:

    We Love YOU so much 💗

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