Ethel Christine Swanson

February 17, 1922June 18, 2011

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Ethel C. SWANSON Ethel's long and full life came to a close on June 18, 2011 in Issaquah, WA. She was born in Renton on February 17, 1922 to Arvid and Christine Swanson. Ethel lived in the family home in Renton all of her life until moving to Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre in 2007. Ethel graduated from Renton High School in 1940. After graduation, she attended a business school in Seattle. Ethel worked as a bookkeeper for Custer Hardware store in Renton as a young woman. Later, she worked as a temporary employee at the Bartell Drug Company in Seattle. Ethel was eventually hired on as a full time employee doing clerical work in the main office. Ethel was a long time member of the Vasa Lodge in Renton as well as the Rebekah Columbine Lodge. Ethel was very active in these clubs for many years. Ethel loved to travel and made several trips to Sweden over the years. She also traveled to many places in the United States and Canada. Thanks to reasonably good health and care, Ethel was able to enjoy going to lunch with classmates, shop, attend Vasa meetings and participate in activities at Merrill Gardens until recent days. Ethel was a happy lady, always smiling and friendly to all.She loved animals, especially cats. Ethel shared 47 years of her life with her dear friend, Harold Anderson. He passed away in 2007. A half-brother and a half-sister also preceded her in death. Ethel is survived by extended family here as well as in Sweden. A celebration of Ethel's life will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. An online guest book is available at In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ethel's name may be made to a favorite charity of your choice or to the Renton Historical Society. Published in The Seattle Times on June 21, 2011


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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July 4, 2011

My wife Lanaya and I will always have great memories of visiting Ethel and Harold. Ethel was always happy and smiling whenever we came to visit. The last time I saw Ethel at Merril Gardens, she got mad at me when I was leaving but I had been there for almost four hours. She will be greatly missed and always remembered. Thanks Mom and Dad, Al and Laurie for taking good care of her. Todd and Lanaya Wickham in Duluth MN.

Gracie Lybecker

June 25, 2011

My husband and I bought Ethel's house a few months ago. It brings us great joy to be able to live in a home with such history. I wish we could of met her. We will take good care of the home for her, we know she lived here her entire life. I am a cat lover as well. I think I will print out that photo of her and Snoopy and hang it on the wall so there will always be a piece of her here.

June 24, 2011

I met Ethel at Merrill Gardens a couple of years ago. She was the next door neighbor to my friend Mary. She took Mary under her wing and made sure that Mary had friends to eat lunch with. She was a lovely woman and made a difference in lives of those who new her. Joan Summers, Renton, WA

Marjorie Wickham

June 24, 2011

After hanging out with Ethel for so long, I've learned a lot of things about her, but two things stand out. The first is that Ethel never said mean things about anyone, no matter what. The other is that she was always friendly and thoughtful of other people. How blessed we are to have had Ethel in our life.

June 22, 2011

Ethel was such a sweet lady, I am going to miss our times together, doctor visits always followed by lunch at Sharis with strawberry waffles! I am glad I was able to spend time with her and get to know her. Lauri Lindberg

June 22, 2011

Ethel was a very wounderful kind person that always had a smile for you when you saw her.

June 22, 2011

Ethel was a class act, never had a bad thing to say about anybody.Al Lindberg

June 21, 2011

Ethel was a wonderful kind lady and always had a smile on her face.Betty & Brad Tofthagen.

JoAnn Sletner

June 21, 2011

Ethel was always nice to everyone she met. She was a kind soul, and was always happy to see you. Thanks to Marge & Sunny for making her last 10 years happy and safe.

Erin Zaleski

June 21, 2011

Ethel was so kind, and always smiling. I am thankful that my kids were able to enjoy her. Thank you to my parents, especially to my mom, for all of the years of compassion and care giving. I know that she really appreciated your help & kindness!