- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Mary Louise Swindells, former congressional secretary, died Dec. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Swindells was born Feb. 2, 1915, in Flint, Mich. She graduated with honors from Flint Central High School in 1933 and attended the Detroit Business Institute. Mrs. Swindells then worked at the General Motors Acceptance Corp. for five years.

In 1939, she moved to the District’s Cleveland Park neighborhood and worked as the secretary to U.S. Rep. William W. Blackney, Michigan Republican. She also met and married D.C. native James F. Swindells in 1939. Mr. Swindells died in 1984.

During her career, Mrs. Swindells also worked as an office manager at Johnson’s Flower Center and later at the Center for Youth and Understanding, both in the District. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years, recorded books for the blind and was on the Women’s Board at Ingleside Presbyterian retirement home.

She was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church since 1943. After retiring in 1980, she enjoyed traveling overseas with Mr. Swindells. She also enjoyed visiting relatives in San Diego.

Mrs. Swindells is survived by three sons, Samuel of Willow Grove, Pa., Peter of Stafford, Va., and David of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren.

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