In memory of
Florence M. Swanson
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In memory of
Florence M. Swanson
PEKIN ~ Florence Margaret Swanson, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 7:41 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born July 26, 1935 in Helena, Montana to Frank Edward Balbi and Mabel I. (Wellouser) Albright, she married Esta A. “Charlie” Swanson on March 21, 1952 in Great Falls Montana. He died on September 6, 1984 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her step-father that raised her, Albert A. Albright; four brothers and two sisters. Surviving are one daughter, Patsy L. Odell of Pekin; one son, Charles L. (Debbie) Swanson of Pekin; seven grandchildren, Kate (Billy Phipps) Swanson, Paul Swanson, Stephanie (Todd) Breitbarth, Kristopher Odell, Diane M. (James) Sutton, Mason Brown and Emily Brown; six great-grandchildren and one “on the way”; one great-great-grandchild and one sister, Arlee (Ken) Kawakami of Eagle, Idaho. Florence had worked at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria for 18 years as an L.P.N., retiring in 1993. She had also worked seasonally at Libby’s in Morton for 13 years. She loved doing needlepoint, knitting and gardening, however her greatest love was her family and grandkids. Although Florence lived in Illinois for over 60 years, Montana was always “home”. Florence taught Sunday School for more than 20 years at First United Methodist Church in Pekin, where she was a member for over 50 years. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, October 21, 2016 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Kingston Mines Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her church, First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554 or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 8630 Route 91, Peoria, IL 61615. To express condolences online, visit
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