Patricia A. “Pat” Swain

May 01, 1946 ‒ August 15, 2021

Marion, Ohio

A woman who made the world a more beautiful place, Patricia A. “Pat” Swain, age 75, of Marion, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at her son’s home in Marysville, surrounded by her loving family, following a 6 month battle with cancer.

On May 1, 1946, Pat was born in Marion, Ohio, the middle of three children of the late Burchel and Juanita M. (Spires) Cornett. She graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1964.

Shortly after graduating high school, Pat spent time in Chicago, where she studied and graduated from the American Floral Art School. She brought her new skills back with her to Marion, where she loved being a floral designer at the Marion Flower Shop for 37 years, until her retirement in 2001.

In 1966, Pat was set up on a blind date with a young gentleman, Robert “Gregg” Swain. They married on March 24, 1968 and have been by each other’s side for their 53 years of marriage.

She had an amazing knack for art and design, winning 1st place and Best in Show for her floral designs at the Ohio State Fair. She loved sharing her gifts, often helping Dave Woessner with his Floral Design program at Tri-Rivers Career Center. She also enjoyed planting her own beautiful flower gardens at home every year. She was a member of the Marion Moose Lodge #889.

Some of Pat’s favorite pastimes included reading books, spending time at their home on Lake Erie, watching Ohio State Football and also going out to dinner and playing cards with her and Gregg’s wonderful group of friends on Friday evenings. She was an avid bird watcher and loved seeing and trying to identify different types of birds wherever she went throughout her life.

With a love for traveling, Pat enjoyed many special vacations over the years. She enjoyed several cruises, loved the Caribbean and Hawaii, and most especially she loved their big family vacation to Florida with all of her children and grandchildren. She especially loved all the adventures she had with her dear sister, Darleen, with whom she was “joined at the hip” their entire lives.

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, for Pat her family was everything to her. She was always their biggest fan and supporter, even though her grandkids loved to surprise her and see what kind of “Grandma Pat” reaction they could get out of her.

She will be dearly missed by her beloved husband, Gregg Swain; two children: Melissa (Michael) Brickner, and Gary (Cindy) Swain, both of Marysville; five grandchildren: Sam and Shane Brickner, and Gary “Alex” Swain, Emily (Colin) Freshkorn, and Andrew Swain (Gyna Raspaldo); one great-grandson, Daxton Freshkorn; two siblings: Darleen Davenport, and Jim (Brenda) Cornett, both of Marion; and several nieces and nephews.

Her family will greet friends from 11 am – 1 pm on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will follow there at 1 pm, with Celebrant Galen McLeod officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Loving Care Hospice ( or to the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society (

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to everyone at Ohio’s Loving Care Hospice for their kind and gentle care of Pat.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Pat’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Condolences to the Swain family as they mourn the loss of a beautiful person. May her memory live on through each of you and generations to come.

    Deepest Sympathy,

    Melinda, Trevor, Jordan, Ian and Aiden Raymond

  • To Greg, Melissa, Michael, Sam, Shane, Gary, Cindy, Alex, Emily, Colin, Daxton, Andrew, Gnya, and all other members of Pat’s family you have our deepest condolences upon the passing of your beloved Pat. She will be truly missed. She was a beautiful lady with many talents. She is no doubt in Heaven looking down on all of you and loving you all as much as she did on this Earth. Someday you will be reunited with her and what a wonderful day that will be. For now, she is at peace and suffering no more.

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and Peace to all,

    Marty and Bob Brickner

  • Pat was like an aunt to us! She came to the flower shop when I was 5! There was never a designer with the perfection and knowledge that she had ! Her arrangements , weddings, party decor etc were outstanding ! Pat was a kind, sweet , loving lady ! I am heart broken for all of you ! Let us know if we can help in anyway ! Love to all

  • Heartfelt sympathies go out to Pat’s husband, children and extended family. My first remembrance of Pat was when I transferred from Eber Baker Jr. High School to Taft Junior High School in my freshman year…….(1961). Pat was one of the first students to welcome me and continued to prove to be a kind and generous person. As I recall, Pat always had a smile for everyone, a positive outlook and was a good friend to many. It is evident from the writeup of her life that she was very talented, well-liked and dearly loved……..she made the world a better place…….I feel blessed to have known her………..thank you, Pat !!!!