OXFORD, Iowa - Betty Mae Swanson, 89, of Oxford, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at her home.
The family will have a private gathering and celebration of her life. Burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City at a later date. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Iowa City Hospice in Betty's name.
Betty was born on June 19, 1929, in Iowa City, the daughter of John Simon and Pearl Mable Poggenpohl Bollinger. She graduated from Iowa City High School, class of 1948. She married George Daniel Swanson Jr. on February 2, 1957, at the Danforth Chapel in Iowa City. They were married almost 62 years.
She was a devoted caregiver and would go out of her way to take care of her family. She loved her family. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Those left to honor her memory include her children, Danny Akers (Vickie) of Williamsburg, Georgia Gerth of Muscatine, Nancy Swanson of Oxford, Linda Keast (Russell) of Cedar Rapids, and Kevin Swanson (Mary Lou) of Amana; 10 grandchildren, Devon, Danielle, Bill, Evan, Chris, Jesse, Zach, Sam, Jacob, and Lauren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandsons; and one sister, Shirley Pellissier of The Dalles, Oregon.
She was preceded by her parents; her husband, George, on January 2, 2019; one son-in-law, Steve Gerth; and her siblings, John 'Bud', Essie, April, and Alex.
"Betty was my mother-in-law. She helped us with our daughters Devon and Danielle.They loved spending time with her She was a wonderful cook and would do anything for anyone.I have many fond memories of her. One particular story is now quite amusing.She loved to listen to the radio and try to be the correct caller to be able to win a prize. Also, at that time the grocery stores were giving out money if you registered. One day, she go lucky and won a little over a $100 ( her first win ever). She was so excited until friends found out and the phone calls started asking for some of the money. How dare they! She was a wonderful lady. Thank you for taking care of her. Love Ellen