Connie Granger Swensson, 83, of Media, an artist whose creations hung on a White House Christmas tree, died Monday of cancer at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lima.
Mrs. Swensson's paintings and sculptures made from natural material have been included in art shows at Immaculata University, Daylesford Abbey, Historic Yellow Springs, and the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. She exhibited in several galleries.
At Brandywine River Museum, where she was a volunteer, she helped craft Christmas decorations sold in the museum shop. In 1984, she and other Brandywine volunteers decorated a 20-foot tree in the Blue Room at the White House with ornaments made from natural materials, including the life-size geese Mrs. Swensson fashioned from wild grasses.
Similar grass sculptures won a ribbon at the Philadelphia Flower Show. She was a member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and the Delaware County Garden Club.
Mrs. Swensson grew up in Louisiana and studied art in New Orleans. She and her husband, Gerald C. Swensson, a marine engineer, moved to Media in the early 1960s. The couple had been married for 51 years when he died in 1998.
She is survived by daughters Lee Morales and Dayelle; sons Richard and Thomas; and two grandsons.