Swanson, Lois Blanche (Palmer) (1928-2010)

Lois Swanson, 81, of Warren, MN, passed away on Monday morning, Jan. 4, 2010 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Lois Blanche Palmer was born on Dec. 11, 1928 in Warren, the daughter of Lonnie and Minnie (Yuergens) Palmer. She attended Warren High School and Watertown Beauty Academy in Watertown, SD. She was employed at Modern Beauty Shop and later at Nelson Motor Company in Warren as a bookkeeper. On Oct. 14, 1950, she was united in marriage to Robert Swanson. They lived on the family farm near Radium, MN until 1993 when they retired and moved to Warren.

She was a life member of the Grace United Methodist Church where she served on the board of U.M.W. and Priscilla Circle, a member of the Warren American Legion Auxiliary and a Gold Star Sister.

Lois loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed years of family fishing trips to Lake of the Woods, vacation trips to the Black Hills in South Dakota and family visits to California and Illinois. She also liked taking trips to Branson, MO and Medora, ND. Her biggest joy was watching her grandchildren participate in all school activities. Like most family matriarchs, she was a tremendous cook with fried chicken and rhubarb pie among her top culinary delights.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, Duane (Shari) Swanson of Viking, MN and
Mark (Kathy) Swanson of Warren, MN; daughters, Chris Ann (Mike) St. Germain of Argyle, MN and Lori (Richard) Thurston of Grand Forks, ND; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Ed (Beryl) Palmer and Dick Palmer; sister, Lorene Engelstad and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert and infant grandsons, Casey and Cody.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky