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Dorothy Swanson

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 9:11 a.m. CST

WALNUT — Dorothy G. (Roush) Swanson, 93, of Walnut passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Walnut.

Dorothy was born Oct. 29, 1920, in Annawan. She was the daughter of Alvy Roush Sr. and Frances (Lambert) Roush. She was a graduate of Manlius High School and attended Sauk Valley College. In 1940 she married Clare D. Swanson in Tipton, Iowa. She was the activity director at Gateway Center in Malden for many years. She loved and enjoyed all the clients she worked with daily and they brought joy to her life. Later, she worked at the Bureau County Day Care Center where she shared her love of painting with the children. In 2003 she retired after 17 years of service.

She is survived by a sister, Marilyn Moore and husband, Wayne, of Sheffield; two daughters, Gloria VanDenBerg of Athens, Texas, and Jo Ellen Mettetal and husband, Ted Mettetal, of Athens, Texas; five grandchildren, Brenda Canales, Julie Sibley, Dustin Mettetal, Jennifer Mettetal and Nicolas Mettetal; and four great-grandchildren, James Wierzbicki, Elizabeth Wierzbicki, Matthew Lloyd and Ila Mettetal.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Blanche Roush and Lila Oloffson; and three brothers, Donald Roush, Alvy Roush Jr. and Gary Roush.

She always had life goals that she worked toward. He guides us to the finish line, where a “great cloud of witnesses” waits to cheer us home! She is home.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton, with Rev. Willy Minnix officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

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