Obituary for Jo Swingle – (1931-2021) – Tucson, AZ

SWINGLE, Jo Ann Amos

Jo Ann Amos Swingle was born on January 28, 1931 in Tucson, Arizona and died on January 10, 2021, just weeks before her 90th birthday. “Joby”, as she was called to her friends and family, was a true Tucson Native who lived in “The Old Pueblo” all her life. She told wonderful stories of childhood Tucson adventures. Her insatiable curiosity led her to a lifelong love of education, graduating from Tucson High School, attending her beloved Smith College, earning a Bachelor of Arts, and continuing to earn a Masters of Arts (while raising family) and PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona. She was closely associated with the Tucson Creative Dance Center, Barbara Mettler and the Tucson Community School, where she was also a teacher during her training. Joby had a passion and talent for gardening, which later led to a new career when he owned and operated The Container Gardening Store at Joesler Adobe on River and Campbell. During her lifetime, Joby loved traveling and seeing unique places around the world. Joby is remembered for her creativity and artistic talents, love of the arts, extensive knowledge of the history of Arizona, enthusiasm for reading, independent spirit, taste for good food, and talent for entertainment and the wonderful parties stay and be admired you hosted friends and family. As a family, we cherish these memories of how they gathered in their beautiful home and garden to celebrate the holidays, family, and life! Before Joby, her parents George H. and Edna S. Amos, her brother George H. Amos Jr. (Buddy) and her loving husband Roy C. Swingle died. She is survived by her children Thomas Swingle (Toyoko), Patrick Swingle (Carol), Elizabeth Frederiksen, Catherine Wolfson (Mark) and stepchildren, Jan Amator (Fred), Spencer Swingle (Carmen) and Kathy Olson (Dale). Grandchildren, Brian and Gary Swingle, Andrea Amator Lee, Clint and Clifford Amator, Seiji and Masashi Swingle, Kayla Swingle, Michaela and Marlee Thompson and Ryan and Mia Wolfson and many great-grandchildren. We look forward to celebrating Joby’s life when we can all be together again. Donations can be made to the Tucson Community School in honor of Joby: Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.

Published by Arizona Daily Star on February 21, 2021.

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