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Allison Carla Swanson, affectionately known as Ellie, 62, of Sanford, Michigan, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2021 at Woodland Hospice of Mount Pleasant, with her loving family and close friends by her side. She was born on June 6, 1959, in Bay City, Michigan to Alton Swanson and Barbara (Ratell, Swanson) Larson. Allison graduated from Midland High School in 1977 and then furthered her education in Nursing. She was employed as an LPN at the Midland Hospital, Midland Family Physicians, and Gastroenterology and Hepatology Associates of Mid-Michigan. Allison loved people and was passionate about caring for all of her friends and family. She was an enthusiastic golfer, enjoyed family gatherings and could always be seen with a can of Coca Cola in hand. She was a devoted animal lover and treasured her dogs Ben, Maggs and Melvin.


Allison is survived by her siblings, Don (Barb) Ratell, Vicki (Jim) Snyder, Lori (Ivan) Wood, and Colleen St. James. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews; Tom (Lisa) Wilberding, Jake (Katie) Wilberding, Donat (Tricia) Ratell, Courtney (Dean) Spencer, Alyssa Wood, Justine (Greg) Bruzewski, Josh (Usherla) Snyder, Jenae (Jared) Zedaker and Cody (David) Kohler. She was lovingly referred to as “Grand Aunt” by her many cherished great grand nieces and nephews and her world revolved around them. She will also be truly missed by her loyal friends Mary Chamberlin, Kevin Shaneyfelt and Amy May. Allison was predeceased by her parents, her uncle Jerry Ratell and her beloved niece Ashley Wood.


A formal graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Bay City, Michigan on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Don Duford officiating. Family and friends will be gathering at the cemetery at 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs.


In lieu of flowers the family requests that all donations are gifted to Woodland Hospice House, 2597 S. Meridian Road, Mt. Pleasant, Ml 48858, who provided warm and loving care for Ellie during her final days.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Swanson family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Don Duford

    23 August 2021 4 weeks ago

    Allison was a nurse at our doctor’s office and was one fine lady. Her sense of humor at a time when it was much needed was always there. We will never forget her smile and how she cared for others.
    Don and Gail Duford

  2. Tom Anderson

    22 August 2021 4 weeks ago

    Allison was my children’s nurse at Midland Family Physicians, and she was always wonderful. I am sorry your family lost her way too early.

  3. Karen Schmidt

    20 August 2021 4 weeks ago

    Allison was a warm, wonderful soul. I first met her as Dr. Beaulieu’s nurse who provided my prenatal care for our daughter Anna Townsend. She was always friendly, positive, upbeat and fun. Later in life Anna and I lived across from her on Eastman. One Christmas her and her girlfriend bought several gifts for Anna as well as 3 children who lived next door to them. Allison had our water reconnected when it was disconnected. Allison was friendly and warm with a welcoming attitude and charming style. We really enjoyed her. She was very kind, loving, affectionate and reassuring. She lent an ear whenever one was needed and looked out for everybody.

  4. Rae Ann Janderwski

    19 August 2021 4 weeks ago

    My thoughts and prayer go out to Allison’s family. I was a Pharma rep in Midland and that is where I had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with Allison. She was always full of joy when she shared stories of her family. She was a wonderful person and made a true impact on me. She will be missed. Heaven gained another Angel.

  5. Karla Raleigh

    19 August 2021 4 weeks ago

    I am so very sorry to hear of my sweet friend’s passing. We got together at her home for a couple hours in June. I’m so glad we had that time to remember old times and laugh.. I will miss her laugh and sense of humor so much. Her laugh that day wasn’t her usual robust belly laugh that we all loved but she still had her sense of humor.
    We all take comfort in knowing she is at peace and without pain. She’s looking down on us smiling—maybe even laughing….
    Rest In Peace my friend.

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