Celebrating the life of

Helen Kay Swanson

September 29, 1935 - June 09, 2021

Helen Kay Swanson

Helen Kay Swanson, age 85 of Cornelia GA, passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, Wednesday June 9, 2021. Born in Austin, Texas, she was the daughter of H.M. Stewart Sr. and Helen Stroud Stewart. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sabrina Kay Swanson.  

Kay graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and while there she met her husband Dean who was attending the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. They married in 1957, and reached their 64th wedding anniversary on the day of her passing. While Dean was in the US Airforce serving as a fighter pilot, they were stationed in various locations including Arizona, which they fell in love with and later returned to, sharing many fond memories with their family and friends. During their time with the Air Force, Kay began her full-time teaching career in a quonset hut in the Philippines. Upon their return to Cornelia in 1964, she continued her teaching career in the Habersham County school system for many years.  She later joined Standard Telephone Company, where she actively served in an executive role as Treasurer until 1999.

After her time at Standard Telephone Company, Kay continued her and her father’s encompassing passion to support the Northeast Georgia Community. Her love of God was expressed through her support and membership in the Cornelia United Methodist Church. Her belief in education led to generous support for the continued growth of Piedmont University and The University of North Georgia. She expressed her love for both the arts and the preservation of local history through the establishment of the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia. 

She is survived by her husband, Dean C. Swanson of Cornelia; brother and sister-in-law, Howard Milton Stewart, Jr. and Carolyn Stewart of Vero Beach, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Stewart and Carol Swanson of Alpharetta; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Leigh Swanson of Savannah; 6 loving grandchildren - Alex Mixon and Kaylee Grant, Janna Kay Swanson and Kelley Swanson, Sarah Deloach and Dean Wesley Swanson.

The family will announce a Celebration of Life at a later date this summer in Cornelia, GA.

To celebrate Kay’s lifelong love of giving the family encourages you to make a donation in her memory to a charity of your choice or one of her favorites:

Cornelia United Methodist Church: P.O. Box 948, Cornelia, GA 30531
Circle of Hope: 592 N. Main Street, Cornelia, GA 30531
The Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia: P.O. Box 460, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
Piedmont University Foundation: P.O. Box 429, Demorest, GA 30535

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Our condolences to mr n mrs Swanson n family.RIP for mrs Helen Kay Seanson.

- Tonny n Linda(ex-Noodle Bowl resto), Savannah, Ga

A candle has been lit!

Many prayers to the Swanson family. Mrs. Kay was a lovely person and will be missed by many.

- Gatch, Savannah, Georgia

My earliest childhood memories include the Swansons and of all the gatherings our families shared. I vividly remember a picture my mom had of Kay and Dean at a military ball in Annapolis just before they were married. I have comfort that Sabrina has Kay beside her as they were definitely two of a kind. All my love, Sallie.

- Sallie Clark, Suwanee, GA

Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. Aunt Kay will be greatly missed but her warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever. I (Kathy) have especially fond memories of visits to the ranch in Arizona. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

- The Long Sisters: Kathy, Cyndi and Becky, Poulsbo, WA

So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for the family!!

- Evelyn Lewallen, Demorest, Ga

My thoughts and prayers for all of you. She will be watching over each of you. She was an amazing lady.

- Cynthia London, Mt. Airy, GA

Condolences to family and friends , prayers for comfort and peace during this sad time

- Catherine DeLoach , Senoia , George

We are so very sorry for your loss. What an amazing lady! Sending prayers and big hugs. We love you all!

- Jeremy, Erin, Nyah & Lane Hammond, Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Celebration of Life Will Be held at a later date