Laura Marie Swanson, age 96, of Clare, passed away on Thursday, November 29, at the Brittany Manor of Midland. She was born the daughter of Charles and Mary (Canfield) Babcock on Sept. 12, 1916 in Winegars, Gladwin County, Michigan. She married Leroy Swanson on June 8, 1935 in Cadillac. Laura and Leroy had been the former owners of the Southgate Motel in Grayling. They had lived for a time in Florida and moved back to Clare, Michigan in 1993. Leroy passed away in March of 1994. Laura was a member of the Clare United Methodist Church where she had been a member of the “United Methodist Women” until failing health prevented her attendance.
Laura is survived by her children, Gary and Patricia Swanson of Florida, Kay and Robert Reeves of Auburn, and Sharon and Dennis Stookey of Utica, sisters, Irene Gould and Minnie Patrino both of Gladwin, nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Norman Smock, her sister Ida Elliott and brother Clarence.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 4, at 11 AM from the Clare Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Bromley officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery. Friends may meet with the family on Monday from 7 to 9 PM at the funeral home. Please leave an online condolence at www.stephenson-wyman.com