Bethaney (Gooding) Swanson(1955-2012)

Bethaney Swanson, 57, died Dec. 8, 2012 in her home in Williston.
She was born in Owasso, Mich. Jan. 26, 1955 to Kenneth and Helen Gooding.
She met Jeremy Swanson while attending college. They married July 30, 1977.
In 1982, the Swanson family moved to Indiana to begin ministering to their new local community. This season was filled with adventurous times homeschooling, bike riding, sledding and trips to the library with her young sons.
In 1987 the family loaded up a Ryder truck and moved to Williston. 1990 proved to be an exciting year with the birth of her daughter and her real estate career with Harriett Downs, Real Estate.
She quickly fell in love with Williston and Williston quickly fell in love with her. She was a lover of life and servant of God, family and her community. She loved sunshine, planting flowers, laughing and dancing. She was a magnetic and loyal friend adding light and adventure to every situation.
On Good Friday, April 22, 2011 she was diagnosed with colon cancer, she fought long and hard and with optimism and a smile. She was fully healed when she stepped into the arms of Jesus and left a legacy of life well lived.
She is survived by her husband; her three children, Benjamin, Israel (Allyson) and Hannah (Jordon) and grandsons, Noah and Zeller on the way; her brothers, Bill and Rick Gooding and sister, Theresa.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Williston Church of God with a memorial service to follow at 10 a.m.
Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home-Williston.
Published in Chiefland Citizen on Dec. 13, 2012