Jeanne S. Swanson

Jeanne S. Swanson

Age 95, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016, in hospice care at Ingham Regional Assisted Living.  She was born in Washington, DC, on May 3, 1921, and grew up in Alexandria, VA.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, J. Eliot and Cecil Spaulding; her husband, Bob; her son Philip; and her sisters, Edith Petersilia and Cecil Dussinger.  She is survived by: her sons, Bob (Renee) and Carl (Jan); two grandchildren, Julie Waterbury (Joe) and Carey Swanson (Aaron Hillebrand); and five great grandchildren, Liam, Marah, and Conner Waterbury, and Zoe and Felix Hillebrand.

Jeanne was a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she became an active lifetime member of Sigma Kappa sorority.  She was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Navy.  After the war she and her family lived in the DC area and Kansas City, MO, before moving to Troy, MI, where she spent many years as a stay at home mother.  In the early 1960s, she began her career in early childhood education and worked for many years as the director of Pilgrim Nursery School in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  After her retirement, she moved to Lansing in 2006, where she resided until her death.

The funeral service will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing on Saturday, November 12, at 2 PM.  The family will receive visitors at the church an hour before the service.  Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, MD, on Saturday, November 19.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to the caregivers at Seniors Helping Seniors for giving Jeanne an additional three years in her own home.  We would also like to thank the staff at Ingham Regional Assisted Living and at Great Lakes Caring Hospice for their loving care during Jeanne’s final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Plymouth Congregational Church.

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Nancy Hehn
November 6, 2016 at 11:14 am

Dear Jeanne. Lynn Howard called to let me know of your passing and we agreed this truly marks the end of an era. I fondly remember you, Bob, Ray, Mary Ann, Orv, and Virginia and the wonderful and raucous friendship you shared. Carl and Bobby, I am sorry for your loss.

Lynn Howard Reed
November 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

Dear “Bobby” and Carl,
I so much wanted to be there today to pay my respect to your mom and see you and your families. However, I broke my foot and cannot drive. So, please accept my loving condolences on this bittersweet day as you say your goodbyes to a wonderful lady. I have so many memories of your family…your mom doing my hair in braids when my mom was in the hospital for whatever reason (having a baby?), Philip in the baseball cap for months, the corn roasts, playing games at your kitchen table and thinking Jeanne had the most wonderful voice in the world (southern accent). She had an especially long life but touched so many, particularly little children, with her love and kindness. The last time I saw her was at my mom’s memorial service 12 years ago. She was still beautiful then and the same Jeanne I knew and admired from my childhood. Rest in Peace, Dear Jeanne.


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