***UPDATE 2/8/17 7:30am........
Although there is no snow in the Cranston area at this time, Robert's family and friends living on the Cape are being inundated with snow as we speak. Travel to the funeral would be extremely dangerous and not advised. As a result, after consulting with the family, the funeral will be postponed one day. So please be advised that the new date and time will be tomorrow February 9, 2016 at 1:00pm with visitation beginning at 12:00noon. Thank you.
Marilyn (Hall) Swanson 90, of Tennyson Road in Cranston passed away in her sleep January 29, 2016, under hospice care at the Scandinavian Home in Cranston. She was the wife of the late C. William Swanson. Born in Providence on August 1, 1925, Marilyn was a graduate of Cranston High School and the Edgewood Secretarial School. Marilyn worked in office administration for more than thirty years, last employed by Church of the Ascension in Cranston. She is remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother; excellent at homemaking, hospitality, humor, and serving at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church, where she was a member for 77 years. Marilyn is survived by children Jean Westcott (wife of Ted Westcott) of Cranston, Rev. Robert Swanson (husband of Heather Swanson) of Centerville, MA; sister Nancy H. Griswold of Cranston, RI, grandchildren Carrie Franzen (wife of Hans Franzen) of Storrs, CT, Julie Sanderson (wife of Mark Sanderson) of West Hartford, CT, Mary Ellen Halloran (wife of John Halloran) of South Kingstown, RI, Thomas Swanson (husband of Paige Swanson) of Marstons Mills, MA, Stephanie Soares (wife of Christopher Soares) of Mashpee, MA, Krista Lucich (wife of Mike Lucich) of Mashpee, MA; 17 great-grandchildren and 6 nieces and nephews. Marilyn was also the sister of the late Marjorie H. Davis. A Memorial Service to which all are invited to attend will be held on Monday February 8, 2016 at 1:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service beginning at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Marilyn's memory to Phillips Memorial Baptist Church 565 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI 02910.
Karen Kavanagh - 02/02/2016
Dear Jean and Rob and to your families....I am so sorry to read of your mother's passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Karen & Steve Kavanagh
Jean Gustafson Manocchia - 02/02/2016
Dear Jean and family
I was so saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was a wonderful, warm and caring person. Knowing her since childhood, I am happy I really got to know her as an adult, work with her at church so I could truly appreciate the wonderful person she was. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
James Norberg - 02/02/2016
Sorry to hear about your Mother. My condolences to Jean & Rob and your families. I have such fond memories of your Mom from the time she was my Den Mother for Cub Scouts. We always had a chuckle about that every time we were together.
Noel Johnson Schobel - 02/03/2016
My blessings go out to all your family for the loss of your Mom.She was a beautiful and caring woman. I remember here kindness at the time my mother passed. Let the good memories help you get though this difficult time. Noel and George Schools bel
david oneil - 02/03/2016
She was a real treasure and a pleasure. I loved entertaining for her. She was so appreciative and I loved her directing me . The music sessions at Scandinavian will NEVER be the same.
Sheila Zambarano - 02/03/2016
I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. When I began going to Phillip's Church she was one of the first people I met. She made me feel so welcome. She will be missed.
Don & Ginny Rasmussen - 02/08/2016
We are out of state and will not be able to be at the service. We both loved and admired Marilyn. She was a true "Phillips Church Treasure!"
Carolynn Van Leuven Gifford - 02/09/2016
Dearest Jean,Ted,and family,Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Your Mom always was and always will be one of my favorite people. I will miss her. With love, Carolynn (and Betty) xox
gertrude ivens - 02/09/2016
my prayers for you
Cynthia D'Attilio - 02/09/2016
I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing . God bless you and all of your family. You will miss her, but you will see her again.
pamela lukowicz - 02/18/2016
Dear Jean and Rob, we share your sadness in the passing of "Auntie Bun". We have such wonderful memories of her over many years. She and the gang are all celebrating together now. Our prayers are with you.