Carolyn Lee Dexter Swain, 67, of Danville, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
Born Aug. 19, 1945, in Danville, she was a daughter of the late Ruth Blanche Buchanan and Frank “Zeke” Dexter. Carolyn graduated from Danville High School in 1964 and earned her teaching degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1970, where she also earned her master’s degree and her Rank 1. She taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades for more than 30 years at Jennie Rogers Elementary and Bate Middle School.
She was a writer, publishing the columns ”A Different Angle” and “A Lighter Side” in The Advocate-Messenger. She also authored the official fifth-grade play about Kentucky. Former Gov. Happy Chandler came to Danville to sing “My Old Kentucky Home” at the initial performance of her play.
She loved children dearly and enjoyed being with them and teaching them. She loved the beach and running until back surgery curtailed that activity.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, Coach Mike Swain; a daughter, Laurie Swain (Joey) Kirk of Danville; a son, Michael Hagan Swain of Lexington; her mother-in-law, Doris King Swain of Danville; two sisters, Linda Kay Dexter (Dave) Thompson of Richmond and Suzanna Dexter (Mike) Simpson of Nicholasville; two grandchildren, Will and Katie Kirk; and a bonus sister, Margie Johnson (Phil) Annis of Lexington; three nieces and nephews; 10 great-nieces and great-nephews; and several cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church. The Rev. Jerry Shepard will officiate.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Saturday at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Danville High School Weight Room Fund.
Stith Funeral Home provides an online guestbook and memorial at www.stithfuneralhome. net.