Dolores M. (Schell) (Swanson) Danielsen

Dolores M. (Schell) (Swanson) Danielsen ,age 81, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on April 6, 2013.Posted April 22, 2013

Dolores M. (Schell) (Swanson) Danielsen
Dolores M. (Schell) (Swanson) Danielsen

Dolores M. (Schell) (Swanson) Danielsen ,age 81, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on April 6, 2013. She is survived by her husband Tom; sons Chuck Swanson of Ft. Collins, Colo.; daughter Susan and Ben Allen of Sedan, Kan.; son Parker (Charlotte) Swanson of Los Angeles; and four grandchildren; Lacy Allen of New Orleans, Libby Allen of New York City, Freja and Siri Swanson of Los Angeles.

Dolores, also known to her friends as Dolly, was born to Charles and Evelyn Schell on January 15, 1932, in Hettinger, N.D. She graduated from Hettinger High School in 1949. She attended Hamelin University in Minnesota.

In 1951, Dolores and Jerry Swanson were married in Hettinger. From there they moved to California, where Jerry was stationed in the United States Marine Corp.

Dolly loved California, where their son, Chuck, was born. When Jerry was sent to Korea, Dolly moved back to Hettinger to be close to family, where their daughter, Susan was born. The family moved to Denver in 1957, where their second son Parker was born. Unfortunately, Jerry passed away after a short battle with cancer in February 1972.

Dolly remained in Denver where she returned to school to get her medical assistant degree and worked for a local doctor for several years. She went on to work for the Department of Motor Vehicle in Arapahoe County until she retired.

For second time in her life, she met a very special man, Tom Danielsen. The two were married in July of 1980, a marriage that lasted 32 happy years.

They lived in many different locations, following Tom’s career with the oil company and made many good friends along the way.

Most recently they moved to Ft. Collins, to be near Chuck. She was very dedicated to her family and had a special love for the disabled. She loved flowers and music, especially the big bands.

Dolly was a warm and caring, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, wife and friend and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her faith in God was an inspiration to all those who knew and loved her. She was very brave as she faced illness in her last few weeks on this earth and showed us how to walk through difficult times with faith and dignity.

She will be missed dearly by her family and friends, but our loss is Heaven’s gain.