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Carrol Swanson Obituary
Carrol Swanson

Great Falls —Carrol Ruth (Schneider) Swanson passed on April 10, 2014 of cancer, but she would say of looking for someone to torment. Carrol was born in Gaza, Iowa on November 24, 1939 but always considered herself a Montana native. She says the only reason she was born in Iowa was due to her father Wes, Earl Peterson and other friends were looking to make some extra money. They gathered up a few belonging and, with a very pregnant Ruth, headed out to do some corn picking in Iowa following the fall harvest here in Montana.

After spending her first 42 years in Valier, she moved to Great Falls, then to Lewistown and finally back to Great Falls after she and Tom retired from Harvest States, where she had worked as a book keeper for twenty-two years. Her passions were reading, music, and gardening. She loved all animals and had many pets throughout her life.

Carrol met and married Tom, who she called Swede, after selling him a set of tires at Wesley's Service station where she had worked from junior high school until their marriage on September 7, 1957.

Tom and Carrol had three boys and loved them each dearly for who they were; David, Daniel and Dale. She also loved each of her daughter in-laws but one holds a special place in her heart, dear Lisa.

She is survived by her brother Charles (Jean) Schneider Saint Peters, MO; sons David (Roberta) Castro Valley, CA; Dan (Kelly) Churchill, MT; Dale (Lisa) Great Falls, MT; six grandchildren Dean, Ben, Travis, Grace, Mariah and Amanda; and six great-grandchildren Makayla, Salone, Zoe, Aris, Omri, and Makenzie. She also gathered a few extra grandkids Pamela, Eric, Kimberly, and Jennifer.

She is preceded in death by her father Wesley Schneider, step father Ray Newby, mother Ruth (Schneider) Newby and husband Tom.

If she could leave something special it would be the love and caring God blessed her with.

Services will be at the Valier Lutheran Church on April 26th at 1 p.m. The family wishes in lieu of flowers that memorial donations are made to the Valier Lutheran Church in memory of Thomas and Carrol Swanson.

Condolences can be made to www.misermortuaries.com.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 20, 2014
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