Mildred Swanson Stevenson, 89, went on her last trip to be with Christ on January 16, 2013. Born to Eugene and Elizabeth Ahlbrandt on February 9, 1923 in Waverly, Colorado. She was just days away from celebrating her 90th birthday. She was the last of her family of six brothers: Eugene, Theodore, Herman, Charles, Raymond, and Clarence. She met and married Clarence Swanson in 1940. He was head of the math department at USC for 20 years, passing in 1977. Mildred's children are Dr. James (Bennie) Swanson and Betty Lee. She was fortunate enough to have five grandchildren: Dr. Jamie (Brent) Johnson, Brad Swanson, Wendy Alexander, Sean (Shannon) Lee, and Dr. Jennifer (Matt) Kottenstette, who blessed her with seven great-grandchildren: Cole, Luke, Kenyon, Macy, Barrington, Brooke and Taylor. Special thanks to her caregivers, Yolanda and Tammy Warren and to Dr. James Stjernholm for his longtime care and friendship as well as the entire staff at Sharmar Village for their excellent care. Mildred had a great sense of humor and was always open to a good story that could easily be shared. She had many interests. She was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed oil painting, china painting, beadwork, and bridge. She loved music and singing in the choir. She volunteered as a Blue Lady at Parkview Hospital, worked at S&H Green Stamp Store, JC Penney, Crews-Beggs Shop At Home, and USC college bookstore. Mildred was fortunate enough to have many true friends. She belonged to Bethany Lutheran Church, member of Knife and Fork, Eagles, and Faculty Wives. She was an avid Broncos fan and enjoyed watching and supporting Jim, grandkids, and great-grandchildren playing sports. Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, January 26, 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 220 W. 10th Street, Pueblo, CO. Memorials may be made to: Clarence Swanson Scholarship Fund at CSU-P Foundation through the funeral home.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Mildred’s passing. She was a very bright and caring woman. One only needs to look at her children, Jim and Betty, to know that her greatest accomplishment of all, motherhood, will live on in those she loved, for generations to come.

  2. Mildred Swanson was an amazing woman. I was fortunate in having known her for many years. Her determination to never give up will always stay with me as well as her tenderness to people she loved. My brother-in-law, Jim, is the most caring son ever born. He and my dear sister Bennie made Mildred’s life so much better. She will be missed by all of us, but never forgotten. Life ends but love endures.

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