by Melody Metzger

LAMAR-Following her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering will be held at a later date for Betty Lee Swanberg, 78, rural Lamar, who died Thursday, May 7, 2015, at her home.

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Survivors include a son, Dale Swanberg and wife Anna, New Haven; two daughters, Cindy Elvik and husband Darrell, Clark, S.D. and Evelyn Willoughby and husband Steve, Bowling Green, Ky.; a sister, Doris Gibbs, De Kalb, Ill.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Pearson and husband Aaron, Mary Brown, Wyndi Donnell and Bobby Joe Simpson and wife Ashley; six great-grandchildren, Dallas, Garrett and Jasmine Swender, Michael and Rebekah Donnell and Abigail Pearson; two nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Hofbauer.

Mrs. Swanberg was born April 9, 1937, in Kansas, Ill., to Chauncey and Ruby (Tomes) Suddeth. After moving to Barton County she worked in the packing department of O'Sullivan Industries for over 20 years. She was a people person and an animal lover. She enjoyed the fellowship of friends in her square dance club, as well as the company of her dogs and cats in her quiet country home. She was a loving companion and caretaker for Johnny Kearney for the past 12 years.