Services for Lavina Swenson
Lavina Swenson’s spirit returned to God gracefully, in full faith, love, peace and thankfulness accompanied by beloved friends and co-workers in one of her many homes in McKinney, TX on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 11:29 am at the age of 92 years, 1 month, 8 days.
Funeral service for Lavina will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Oklee High School Gymnasium, Oklee, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be held at Oakland Cemetery rural McIntosh, MN.
Lavina Carolyn Swenson was born on April 2nd, 1927 in the small NW town of Oklee, MN to Selmer & Synneva (Syversrud) Swenson. She was raised on the family farm and professed her lifelong commitment to serve her God and Lord Jesus at the early age of twelve.
She graduated from the Oklee High School and went to College in Boulder Colorado, then went on to be a school teacher in North Dakota before forsaking all and beginning, in 1953, her lifelong service in the ministry to share the gospel of Jesus Christ according to His New Testament teachings and was active in that ministry until February 2019 when she learned she had ovarian cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Selmer (’73) and Synneva (’94), who Lavina cared for in their aged years, and oldest brother, Silas (’95) and his first wife Cleo (’72) and their children John Swenson and Cyndi (Swenson) Youngblood.
She is survived by Silas & Cleo’s children, Roger Swenson and James (Cynthia) Swenson, by her older brother Earl and Bergit Swenson (Oklee, MN), and their children, Karen (Doug) Carlson, Curt (Caroline) Swenson, Tim (Donna) Swenson, Don (Cheryl) Swenson, Sherry (Larry) Dake, and her younger brother Ray and Barb Swenson (Brooks, MN) and their children, Carmen (Zach) Fore, Keith (Caren) Swenson, Lynnette (Jeff) Krack, Doug (Brenda) Swenson, Brent (Monica) Swenson, Janelle (Thane) Bergh, and her sister-in-law, Pauline (Polly) Swenson (St. Stephens Church, VA), plus 40 great nephews/nieces and innumerable family of friends.
Lavina loved her bible, co-workers, family, friends, spiritual music and roses.