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Florence Swan, 91 - August 29, 2014

Florence Mae (Henderson) Swan, 91, of Gothenburg passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Stone Hearth Assisted Living in Gothenburg.
Services will take place at the Gothenburg Evangelical Free Church, 1721 Lake Ave., on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bill Ivey officiating. Interment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Swan was born near Comstock on Nov. 19, 1922, to Walter Ray and Amelia Henderson.
She lived several places during her first three to four years, but her first memories are that of living in Central City. In 1927, her family moved to Gothenburg and later south of Gothenburg. She was 12, soon to be 13, when her mother passed away in 1935.
In 1940, she met and married Melvin “Mel” Swan. In February of that year, he was inducted into the Army leaving her with his family. At this time she went to business school and earned her diploma.
In 1964, she began working at the Gothenburg High School cafeteria and remained for four years, then worked another 13 years at the Cozad school system.
In August of 1972, she accepted a manager/cook position at a country school District 81-R which she enjoyed for 13 years.
Swan was a faithful member of the Evangelical Free Church of Gothenburg where she was very much involved. She taught Sunday School and worked with the AWANA program, and was also the church secretary for a number of years assisting seven or eight pastors.
She was a special wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, according to family members. Life on the farm held many wonderful memories for her and she cherished all her years with her husband and being able to be close to family members.
?Swan loved the outdoors, her flowers, gardening and quilting, and found beauty in every rock she picked up and just “puttering around the farm,” as she put it. She also enjoyed taking her grandchildren every Friday teaching them how to bake cookies and spending time with them, family members said.
Her last years, she loved living at Stone Hearth Assisted Living, although it was hard for her to leave her farm.
Swan was preceded in death by: her husband, Melvin; parents, Ray and Amelia Henderson; step-mother, Jesse Henderson; two brothers—Harold and Max Henderson.
Survivors include: her three sons—Doug (Kay) Swan of Cozad, Paul (Kathy) Swan of Buffalo Grove, IL, and Nick (Linda) Swan of Gothenburg; six grandchildren—Michael Swan, Eric Swan, Tyler Swan, Mandy Eddie, Melessa Leaming and Aimee Walford; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Awana Program c/o Evangelical Free Church, 1721 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138.