Margaret Verene Swenson

Nov. 27, 1909 - July 2, 2008

Margaret Verene Swenson, 98, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Verene was born Nov. 27, 1909, in Clinton, Okla., to Fred L. and Minnie (nee Dow) Jones.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Linn; her parents; a brother, Langley Jones; a sister, Nell Lee; a daughter, Jacqueline Kent; and a son, Robert Cox.

She is survived by her stepson, Michael Linn Swenson of Milwaukee; stepdaughter, LaRhea (Swenson) De LaMare of Arizona; seven grandchildren, Ann (John) Taylor of Raleigh, N.C., Allan (Sally) Cox of Brooklyn, N.Y., David (Lori) Kent of Modesto, Calif., Stephen (Melanie) Kent of Staatsburge, N.Y., and Rhonda, Leslie and Kristen; 12 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Verene married Linn Swenson on June 20, 1953, in Albuquerque, N.M., and in 1957 they moved to Brookfield. Swenson Drive in the town of Brookfield is named after Linn in recognition of his years of community service.

Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Verene was active professionally, having been a sales manager at various department stores in Kansas and New Mexico and was a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club.

In Brookfield, the Swensons were among the founding members of the Westbrooke Wesleyan Methodist Church. As charter members, they served in many capacities throughout their lives. Her late husband, Linn, served as the church treasurer. Verene’s first ministry at Westbrooke Wesleyan Church was teaching and working with the children and young people. Mrs. Swenson taught several generations of students in the church’s Sunday school and leaves behind a legacy of active members of the church who had passed through her classroom doors.

Mrs. Swenson had a passion for life and remained active throughout her years. In high school, she played on the women’s basketball and softball teams. She became an active golfer later in life. She was an accomplished painter, and Verene was happiest when making gifts and doing oil and watercolor paintings for friends and family. She also was an enthusiastic gardener and decorator, known for having a picturesque yard and magnificent floral garden. In her later years, Verene enjoyed international travel. Her travels around the world were extensive. Also, she visited most of the national parks in the United States.

A celebration of Verene’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Westbrooke Wesleyan Church, 21300 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin. A private burial will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Westbrooke Wesleyan Church (address above) would be appreciated.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.