LaRie Kay Swain

May 22, 2018 GMT


LaRie Swain, our dear lovely mother, Granny and Granny-great, passed away peacefully May 17, 2018 from natural causes. Born in Springville, Utah January 27, 1926 to Henry Chloy and Lenor Cox Kay, LaRie grew up in Provo and met Mack Swain at Provo High School, where they both played clarinet in the band (she loved to remind us she was 1st chair). After Mack’s return from his Navy military service in 1946, they were married August 27, 1947 in the Salt Lake Temple. After working several years as a secretary at the Ironton plant, she became a full-time homemaker, devoting her time and energy to her family. She and Mack were married 65 years and have three daughters, 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. They all loved coming to Granny and Grandpa’s house in Orem for over 50 years.

LaRie loved to dance. She loved to play golf and bridge. She did handwork, making gifts for her children and grandchildren. She was brilliant at crossword puzzles. She served for decades as a visiting teacher and ministered to so many. She loved to garden and the Swain home won awards for having one of the most beautiful yards in Orem, people driving by often stopping to ask her gardening advice. And the cookies! She was famous for making fabulous cookies that she shared with family and neighbors, friends and perfect strangers. Always bags of frozen cookies ready to give.

Certainly part of her great health and longevity was her hard work, on her own and by Mack’s side, helping with all his woodworking, landscaping, home remodeling or repair projects. They were always busy and they always took such good care of things. They worked and played together.

One grandson said, “I’ve never not smiled when seeing Granny.” She was our endless source of love and support. She thought her children and grandchildren could do anything, be anything – and that made us strong. Always a positive attitude, a meek and willing spirit, a listening ear, a handwritten card or letter in the mail, a kind word, a never-ending smile. It was so fun, so comforting to be around her.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

LaRie loved her family more than anything. She is survived by her three daughters Karla (Doug) Jenkins, Connie (Mike — deceased) Stratton, Jolene (Joe) Swenson. Her grandchildren are Andy (Emily) Jenkins, JJ (Brandy) Jenkins, Tony (Karen) Jenkins, Lacy (Ryan) Anderson, Barrett (Heather) Stratton, Leslie (Jon) McDonald, Collin (Lindsay) Swenson, Ali (Brian) Babcock, Eric (Jennie) Swenson, and Kate (Taylor) Wood.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 1:30 pm at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 North 650 East, Provo. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkersanderson.com.