WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Theresa Laurel “Tess” Swindell, 21, of Temple, N.H., lost her battle with depression on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Logan, Utah.
Tess was born in Temple, N.H., on August 3, 1996, a daughter of Keith Alan and Marilee Pearl (Stone) Swindell. She was home-schooled and completed an associates degree in Visual Arts from NHTI in Concord, N.H., with high honors. In Utah, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics at Utah State University, and aspired to obtain her Masters in Fine Arts.
Tess enjoyed attending the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ annual conference (NCECA), traveling, and the New England Aquarium in Boston, where she was particularly fond of the groupers. She loved anything purple, animals, reading, and swimming, and was talented in many forms of art, including jewelry making and pottery. In her spare time she studied geology, language, and drama. Her friends and family will remember her for her affectionate, energetic personality, and crushing hugs.
In addition to her parents, survivors include two sisters, Karen Swindell of Temple, N.H., and Amber Swindell; brother-in-law Ryan Roberts; niece Phoebe of Farmington, N.H.; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; as well as paternal grandparents Warren and Dawn Swindell of Framingham, Mass.
Tess was loved by all who knew her.
Funeral notice: Services to celebrate the life of Theresa Swindell will take place Friday, July 13, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Sherman Burbank Memorial Chapel in Williamstown. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery.
Calling hours at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montaga Home for Funerals, West Chapel, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247, are Thursday, July 12, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the NCECA Fund for Artistic Development supporting student scholarships, or NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, both of which were near and dear to Tess.