Mrs. Beth Florence Cole Swanson went to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and her husband, Rev. Earl Swanson, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.
Beth was born to Dan and Grace Cole of Walkerville, Mich. on March 6, 1914. Dan Cole managed the Walkerville Bank, of which C.W. McPhail was owner at the time.
Beth worked in the bank when she was young.
Beth received her teaching degree at County Normal in Pleasant, Mich., now known as Central Michigan University, and taught in Michigan. She also was a church pianist and met Rev. Earl when she came to play piano at Mears, where Earl was doing his internship at Mears and Fruitland, Mich. for North Park Seminary.
They then served Tustin and Leroy, Mich., where Earl was ordained, from 1952-56.
From 1956-62, they served Garfield and Evansville, Mn. Covenant Church. From 1962-67, they served a beautiful country church called Fremont, near Essex, Iowa. From 1967-76, they served Prairie Lake Covenant in Chetek, Wis.
Emo, Ont. was next, then Fort Frances, Ont., where they served until Earl’s death in 1998.
Beth also taught public school in Essex, Iowa and Hillsdale, Wis., along with being a church pianist, Sunday School teacher, and cooking dinner for the dozens of ministers and missionaries who ate at their home through the years.
Among them were Rev. Albert Peterson, a co-worker with Billy Sunday and Dr. Walter Wilson of Kansas City, and many others.
She will be remembered by church members for always adding beautiful music with her piano and organ talents, as well as singing voice.
Beth had a series of strokes at age 80 and required 24-hour care since. After Earl’s death, she moved in with her daughter, Alberta, in New Jersey, then later with her son, Steve, and wife, Cheryl, in South Carolina, with Cheryl providing care.
She enjoyed her children, which probably added years to her life as she is last survivor on both sides of family. She was able to respond to their voices somewhat until almost the very end.
Beth is survived by her two children, Steve Swanson and wife, Cheryl, and Alberta Madsen; four grandchildren, Joren, Savannah, Joy, and Joshua; and several nieces living in various states.
Beth will be interred with Earl in Alfa, Wis. An internment/funeral service will take place around Easter.
In memoriam donations may be made to your local hospice, or church or missions.
Condolences can be sent to the family c/o Steve Swanson, P.O. Box 3426, Ft. Mill, S.C., 29708.