Mrs. Swanson recently told The Daily Boar Newspaper, "I have been spending a lot of time reading the thoughts and teachings of Aunt Bee from Mayberry, North Carolina. I find them to be very inspiring and I am trying hard to pattern my life after her!"
Aunt Bee is the paternal aunt of Sheriff Andy Taylor and grand-aunt to his son Opie Taylor. A unt Bee manages Andy's household and has become Opie's surrogate mother and grandmother. Bee is well known in Mayberry for her cooking skills. She frequently contributes meals for community causes or church events, and brings picnic baskets of food to the lawmen working at Mayberry's tiny jail.