Loretta "Laurie" Marie (Burrell) Swanson, 85, of Stillwater, passed away peacefully, on August 21, 2022. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jim; sister Wilma (Leonard) Luoma; children Gary (Mary) Swanson, Jim Jr. (Kim) Swanson, Paul (Maggie) Swanson. Also survived by grandchildren Brenda (Tony) Studt, Lisa (Jon) Nelson, David (Jennifer) Swanson, Kyle (Rebecca) Swanson, Christopher Swanson, Robin Swanson and Marina Swanson; 7 great grandchildren, Zoë and Reagan Studt, Kira and Austin Nelson, Audrey and Calvin Swanson, Declan Swanson and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Everett and Marie Burrell and 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
Throughout her life, Laurie was challenged by and enjoyed raising her three boys, cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, home decorating and being with her grandkids and great grandkids. Laurie spent time working at the Stillwater Clinic, Stillwater High School and Lake Elmo Bank. In her retirement years, Laurie became an accomplished artist having her artwork displayed in numerous art galleries and shows.
The presence of her love and kindness will continue to be felt by her family and those whom she loved and in particular, her very special friend of over 40 years, Onallee Serier. Many thanks to the staff at Croixdale in Bayport, Gables at Boutwells Landing in Stillwater and Lakeview Hospice Care in Stillwater.
A celebration of Laurie's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday 9/11/2022 at Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater, MN with visitation one hour prior. Memorials preferred to the Boutwell Foundation at Boutwells Landing, 5600 Norwich Parkway, OPH, MN 55082.