Betty L. Swenson

June 7, 1933 - September 16, 2019

Betty L. Swenson, age 86, of New Prague, died peacefully in the presence of her loving family on Monday, September 16, 2019 at Ebenezer Aurora on France in Edina after a long battle with breast cancer.  Betty was born on June 7, 1933 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Charles Nelson and Johnnie Grace (Hunter) Wilson.  She grew up in Odell, Oregon, and graduated as valedictorian of her high school class.  She married the love of her life, Orvin E. Swenson in Odell on January 5, 1952. The couple settled in Rosemount, MN where they raised their son.  In 1976, they moved to New Prague, where they built their home on Cedar Lake. Betty worked in a law office for a few years until she and her son, James, opened and operated their own business, JA Swenson and Associates.  Betty’s kindness was a hallmark of her life and her dedication to her family was inspirational, most notably as her husband’s health began to fail in his later years.   She enjoyed reading, gardening, and baking.  Time spent with her granddaughters and great-granddaughters filled her life with joy and purpose.


Betty is survived by her loving granddaughters, Erica Sweet of Farmington and Elisa (Kallan) Nordby of Maple Grove; great-granddaughters, Lola & Stella Sweet, Harper Walerak, Olive & Florence Nordby; daughter-in-law, Jeanne Swenson of Burnsville; sister, Avo Guerino of Georgia; brother, William (Patricia) Carpenter of Pennsylvania.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Orvin on August 16, 2015; son, James Swenson on December 22, 2016; parents.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, September 20, 2019 at 12:00 Noon at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel in Minneapolis.  Visitation will take place beginning at 11:30 at the chapel.  Lunch will follow in the Garden Mausoleum at Lakewood Cemetery.


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Joyce Swenson

Betty was such an inspiration for me. Two city girls turned farm wives. I will miss her

Joyce Swenson

Betty was such an inspiration to me. two city girls turned farm wives. I will miss her.

Laurie Price

Betty was such an amazing lady. I remember her always smiling. Will miss you Aunt Betty ❤️

Diane Littlefield

I’ll miss my sweet Aunt Betty!

Jamie Sweet

A wonderful woman who will be missed by family and friends… and welcomed home with love by her Husband and Son. Sending love & peace to all of you.

Mary Sweet

Betty was a loving a beautiful person both inside and out. Her family meant the world to her. She will be greatly missed by them.