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Lavinia Lesh Swain

April 18, 1935 ~ October 5, 2021 (age 86)

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Lavinia Lesh Swain departed her loving family peacefully on October 5th, 2021, surrounded by her husband and children.

Lavinia was born in Glendale, Ca on April 18, 1935 to Jane and Harry Lesh. She had a happy upbringing there, where her parents owned a small pharmacy.

Lavinia went to Mills College, met her husband, got married, and moved to Hawaii, continuing her education.  She finished her degree later at UC Davis, earning a teaching credential and beginning a career in teaching.

Lavinia had more than one career. As a kindergarten teacher, Lavinia was known for her compassion and dedication; as a realtor, Lavinia was tenacious and committed, as a businesswoman Lavinia was curious and collaborative, but as ‘First Lady’ of the university of Louisville, Lavinia was gracious, organized and elegant. However, Lavinia would always say her most important job was raising her children.

Lavinia was a loving mother to Chris and Cindy. She raised her children with good humor in Davis, California with her husband Donald.

Lavinia is survived by her husband Donald of 66 years, her children Alan Christie Swain and Cynthia Catherine Swain, and her four grandchildren Elizabeth, Amanda, Benjamin, and Teddy.

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