Gail MacDonald Swain, 81, died March 20, 2018 at Exeter Center in Exeter, New Hampshire. She was born in Exeter, N. H. on February 1, 1937 to John William and Irene (Simes) MacDonald. Her father passed away in 1946; her mother later married Samuel Osborne Embrey (1914-1978). Gail had two siblings: Paul R. MacDonald (1935-2004) and Ralph S. MacDonald (1932-2003). Irene Embrey predeceased her three children (1905-1994).
Gail attended schools in both Exeter and Kingston, N. H. In Exeter, she attended Court Street School (now a community center) and in Kingston, Daniel J. Bakie School and Sanborn Seminary.
Gail’s professional career was spent in accounting and bookkeeping as a licensed Public Accountant. She started in 1958, working for accountant and selectman John Cahill in downtown Exeter and later for Certified Public Accountant Stephen Henneberry, also in Exeter. In 1973, she started her own accounting firm in North Hampton, N.H. She ran her business from her home and also from an office on Route 1 in North Hampton. Her long list of clients included The Curtain Shop on Water Street in downtown Exeter and the Exeter Masonic Association, for whom she did bookkeeping for over 35 years.
Gail married Earl Everett Swain of Danville, N.H. on November 30, 1957 in Kingston. The couple later had a son, Todd Swain. They first lived on Gill Street in Exeter, before residing on Walnut Avenue in North Hampton from 1963-2017. Gail was active in the Business and Professional Women (“BPW”), various Republican organizations and reunions of Sanborn Seminary students. She also provided support to the Exeter Historical Society, the New Hampshire S.P.C.A. and other community organizations.
Earl and Gail owned a variety of single engine airplanes, hangering most of them at Hampton Airfield in North Hampton, NH. They flew these small airplanes to California, Canada, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and many places in the northeastern United States.
Gail’s final year of life included a move to Langdon Place in Exeter, the passing of her husband, Earl (October 2017) and finally, a stay at Exeter Center in Exeter.
Gail loved her Cadillacs, cats, clothes and numbers.
There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in the Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, N.H.
Brewitt Funeral Home, Exeter, N.H. is handling arrangements.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Gail