Barbara Myrtle Swanson

Barbara Myrtle Swanson of Fort Myers, FL passed away on September 4, 2019. Barb was born on July 27, 1939 to Clarence and Myrtle Erickson in St. Paul, MN. She graduated from Murray High School in St. Paul in 1957. Barb married Bruce Swanson in 1961. After spending three years in Turkey, they returned to Minnesota, where Barb made a career of working with youth and teaching leadership skills through the YWCA, Campfire Girls, Gammelgarden, and the Forest Lake Youth Service Bureau, where Barb served as Executive Director. Barb had a life-long passion for volunteering and was actively involved with Rotary, Social Services Advisory, the Minnesota Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, and, most recently, CROW and the Lexington Country Club Boat Club in Ft. Myers, FL. As an artist, decorator, and world traveler, Barb was a very creative individual and had a joyous outlook on life. Barb was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Dick. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Bruce; her brother Bob (Marilyn); her sister-in-law Kathleen (Tom); her sister-in-law Sonia (Ron); six nieces, one nephew, seven great-nieces and five great-nephews; as well as many other close friends and family. A Celebration of Life honoring Barb Swanson will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN. A service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary with a visitation one hour prior. Memorials can be sent to CROW or Gammelgarden. Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, Fort Myers, FL, assisted with arrangements.

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Bruce, I’m so sorry to hear about Barb. She was such a wonderful lady. I remember her so fondly from when she worked at the drugstore. My father and I are very saddened to hear of her passing. What a bright light she was! Jennifer Hart-Abraham

Gene Balalnd

Barb was an important part to Linwood Elementary School for many years! She was active in so many ways as a volunteer. A natureral teacher, she could work with kids, parents, teachers with ease. Outgoing, Smiling, Energetic, are only three ways to briefly describe Barb. I too had the privelige to serve on the Youth Service Board in Forest Lake along with Glenn and others that Barb recruited. She was a true leader and accomplished much during her time in that capacity! A pleasant lady that lived life to the fullest. She will always be remembered and greatly missed.


Bruce, we are so sorry for your loss. She was such a vibrant, interesting woman.

Your former Jason avenue, Neighbors, Kathy Kelly and Pat Connors.

Glenn Neujahr

I met Barb Swanson when she asked me to be on the board of the Youth Service Bureau.

WOW what a lady.

We had a GREAT board thanks to Barb. We never knew what she had up her sleeve.

Barb was a true leader of people.

I would be willing to bet when Barb got to the pearly gates of Heaven she talked St. Peter into getting her on the Heavenly board.

May the Lord be with Bruce and their family.

Glenn Neujahr

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