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Shirley Arlene (Erickson) Swifney

May 3, 1935 ~ February 27, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Shirley Swifney Obituary

On the evening of Tuesday, February 27, 2024, while surrounded by loved ones, Shirley Arlene (Erickson) Swifney, age 88, of Grand Haven, peacefully crossed over from this life to the next. She was born on May 3, 1935, in Grand Haven, MI, to Martin and Zeta (Emerson) Erickson.

Shirley was excited to see those waiting for her on the other side, especially the love of her life and best friend of over 70 years, Donald Eugene Swifney. Shirley and Don were married on October 15, 1953. Before his passing on March 2, 2016, they had many great adventures together, the first of which was welcoming three kids into the mix: Donald Jr., Martis, and Cynthia.

Shirley graduated from Grand Haven High School and worked with her father at Erickson's Food Market. She later obtained her LPN nursing license and proudly worked at North Ottawa Community Hospital (NOCH) for 25 years.

Shirley was not only very sociable, but she also liked to keep busy. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven where she was also a member of their choir and an office volunteer. She also volunteered at NOCH for many years after her retirement.

Shirley was a gifted seamstress who made beautiful purses and quilts. She was a member of the Lighthouse Quilt Guild and Four Pointes Thursday Quilters and enjoyed attending her many coffee groups. She loved to travel and was very proud of her Swedish heritage. Shirley and Don traveled to many countries together and enjoyed them all. After Don’s passing, her daughters became her traveling partners exploring the US and abroad.

Shirley’s greatest love was her family. She hosted Sunday brunches every week and many a Family Fun night at the "hub."

Shirley was loving mother and Matriarch to her three children who survive her: Martis (Glenn) VanHook, Cynthia (Randy) Shephard, and Donald (Nanci) Swifney, Jr.; loving grandmother to: Michael (Kelly) VanHook, Nate (Yani) Dixon, Carl Swifney (Lacy), Rebeccah (Keith) VanHulle, and Andrew Swifney; loving “Ama” to: Marah, Hailee, and Kaitlyn VanHook, and loving “Gigi” to, Malakai Dixon and Ivy VanHulle.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Donald; grandson, Joshua VanHook; and brothers, Ken and Bob Erickson.

A Celebration of Life Visitation for Shirley will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Grand Haven. Interment will be at Lake Forest Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Joyful Noise Christian Childcare c/o First Presbyterian Church. 

Mom said to tell everyone, "Thanks a million for everything."


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Celebration of Life Visitation
March 2, 2024

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
508 Franklin Ave.
Grand Haven, MI 49417


First Presbyterian Church
508 Franklin Ave., Grand Haven MI 49417
Tel: 1-616-842-6760
Web: https://fpgh.org/contact/

Joyful Noise Christian Childcare c/o First Presbyterian Church
508 Franklin Ave., Grand Haven MI 49417
Tel: 1-616-847-6600
Email: office@JoyfulNoiseKids.com
Web: https://joyfulnoisekids.com/


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