Mary Swanson

Mary Swanson


April 20, 1943 - May 5, 2022


Mary Swanson, 79, of Wessington Springs, SD, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2022, at home surrounded by family under hospice care of Avera at Home-Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, May 10, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wess. Springs. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery in rural Wess. Springs. Visitation will be Monday from 6-7:00 PM at the church with a 6:30 prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

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Mary Ellen Ida (Holeton) Swanson was born on April 20, 1943, in Kirkland, Washington to Elwin and Helen (Strem) Holeton. She lived in Fertile, Minnesota, then moved to Nashua, Montana in the first grade, and graduated from high school in 1961. After her graduation, her family moved to Wessington Springs. In August 1961, she started working at the Independent newspaper in Wessington Springs.

Mary and John (Jack) Swanson of Wessington Springs were married on October 25, 1964. They resided on the family farm west of town where they raised their five children.

Mary was an active and long-time member of the Templeton UCC church serving as treasurer for 12 years and currently as the secretary/treasurer of Templeton Fellowship. Since 1984, she actively served on the Food Pantry Board. Over the years, she was a member of Music Boosters of WSHS, Merry Mixers Extension Club, Deborah Circle, leader of Pleasant Valley & Belles 4-H club, past Sunday and Bible School teacher.

Mary enjoyed and took pride in sewing her beautiful quilts. She also would help tie quilts with the Zion Lutheran ladies that would be donated to the Linus Foundation and the Safe House in Mitchell and Veterans. Mary also enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and games with family. She liked mowing the lawn and planting her flower garden. One of her favorite parts of the day was watching Jeopardy and her favorite soap opera.

Mary is survived by her five children, Annette (Robert) Kroger of Mitchell, Helen (Rodney) Huisman of Wess. Springs, Jeanette (Brian) Voorhees of Mitchell, Stephanie (Dana Christofferson) Swanson of Blythe, CA, and Eric Swanson of Wess. Springs; grandchildren, Kellie, Ashley, Matthew, Nathan, Trevor, Tayden, Jordan, Rachael, and Jackson; great-granddaughters, Leah, Lennox, and Lexie. She is also survived by her five siblings, Bonnie Will of Las Vegas, NV, Wanda (Norman) Tapken of Wess. Springs, Elizabeth (Dave) Gaikowski of Mitchell, Mike (Jane) Holeton of Rapid City, and John (Jan) Holeton of Sioux Falls, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and both her parents.



Monday, May 9, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 Prayer Service

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
210 Dunham Ave N
Wessington Springs, SD 57382


Tuesday, May 10, 2022
10:00 AM
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
210 Dunham Ave N
Wessington Springs, SD 57382


Hope Cemetery
Rural Wessington Springs, SD

Posted by Mark and Nancy Reindl on May 11, 2022
Extending our condolences to the family.
Posted by Tina.knock on May 10, 2022
Jeanette and steph so sorry of the lost of your mother. Prayers for the family.
Posted by John and Beth Kroger on May 8, 2022
Our sincere sympathies to all who knew and loved Mary.
Posted by Ted and Jennifer Powell on May 8, 2022
Our sympathy to your whole family. Mary was one of the hardest working women I have ever known. She always volunteered with anything at Templeton and the area. She and Jack were some of my parents favorite people. May she rest in peace. Wish we could be there!
Posted by Jim and Bernice Houska on May 8, 2022
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. All her family are in our prayers. She was a special person and we enjoyed being neighbors to her and Jack for so many years.
Posted by Tom Riddle on May 6, 2022
A great person,we have been friends for 40 plus years ,enjoyed her family ,just a very very good person. My prayers and thoughts are with her family
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