Visitation: A gathering of friends will be held Saturday June 30 at the Canton Depot from 2pm to 8pm with family there from 5pm to 8 pm.
Service: A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 1st at Calvary Assembly of God on 57th Street in Sioux Falls, SD with a lunch following. There will be a private burial at the family farm cemetery.
Phyllis Violetta Swanson, dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend, died peacefully in her home June 22, 2018 surrounded by loved ones after a brave battle with cancer.
Born to Philip Henry Synovec and Anna Marie Bowling August 1, 1941 in Foster, NE, she married Ronald Swanson on March 25, 1960. After residing in Sioux Falls, SD, Phyllis and Ron moved to the family farm in 1964, where they raised three sons and buried two daughters.
She had earned her teaching certificate in 1958, but instead worked as a ward secretary at Sioux Valley hospital before choosing to stay home to help with the farm and raise her family.
Known most for her generous spirit and numerous acts of kindness, Phyllis showered love and probably a good meal on all who crossed her path. She played organ at her church, and shared her music and song with thousands over the years. Her talent for playing music by ear extended from the organ to piano, accordion, guitar and more. Her love for her flower gardens and yardwork kept her busy.
She was no stranger to hard work- from the care of her own and numerous foster children and ‘adopted kids’ to volunteering, long hikes along the Sioux River, walking beans, driving equipment and helping farm the land. She will be also be remembered for her pranks – gorilla costumes, mannequins, strange food, fireworks, hotshots…you always had to watch your back.
Phyllis was preceded in death by two daughters at birth, Baby Girl Swanson and Lori Ann Swanson; parents, and sister, Joyce Berger of Norfolk, NE. She is survived by her husband, Ron Swanson, Canton, SD; sons and their wives, Philip and Terrie (Beal); Steve and Cassandra (Martini) and Russ and Heather (Hurd) all of Canton, SD; her grandchildren: Dillon (Taylor), Parker, Shelby (Morgan), Clell, Caleb, Cole and Cloe and great grandchildren: Rylan, Jarrett, Rome and Shaedon and generations of nieces, nephews, and young friends who called her ‘mom’.
A gathering of friends will be held Saturday June 30 at the Canton Depot from 2pm to 8pm with family there from 5pm to 8 pm.
Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 1st at Calvary Assembly of God on 57th Street in Sioux Falls, SD with a lunch following. There will be a private burial at the family farm cemetery.