Mary Eva Swanson, age 74, formerly of Sugar Grove, Illinois, and a current resident of Tarpon Springs, Florida, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. Mary was born in Providence, Rhode Island on February 3, 1945. She worked for United Airlines and then as a travel agent for the majority of her career. She raised her family in Bristol, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and enjoyed her time up north before fulfilling her dream of retiring to Florida in 2014. She is survived by her two daughters, Eve Phillips (Christopher) and Diane Robben (Keith), and four grandchildren, whom she adored: Jack and Alex Phillips, and Allison and Madison Robben. She is also survived by her loving sister, Cheryl Didier (Michael) of Paxton, Illinois. She absolutely loved being a grandmother, mother and sister, and her heart was overjoyed spending time with her family.
While in Tarpon Springs, Mary enjoyed shopping, baking rum cakes for everyone, and doing for others. Whether she was making dinner for friends, helping to organize community picnics or setting up for bingo, she enjoyed her time here in Florida. She had many friends at her community who embraced her quickly and became dear friends within a short time of her moving here. Friends often visited her cat Sophie, who could be found on the lanai watching geckos.
Mary had a part-time job as a school crossing guard for Pasco County Sheriff’s Department. She enjoyed seeing the kids, and visiting with the local business owners, all of whom will miss her.
The family is honoring Mary’s wishes for a private ceremony in July where they will spread her ashes at sea.