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Betty J. (Wint) Swanton, 86 years of age, fought a courageous battle with cancer. She passed away with her children by her side on August 22, 2020.

Her journey began on April 16, 1934 in Hope, Michigan. She attended Hope and Beaverton schools and graduated from Midland High School. She was blessed with a daughter, Tamara J. (Richard) Gillis and a son, Mikal J. Swanton.

Betty was beautiful, vibrant and a bit sassy (in a good way). I can’t express how big of a presence she was and how big of a hole her absence will leave in our lives. Betty was very active and could run circles around just about anyone. She had a love for animals. Angel (her fur baby that has been by her side), Bella, CeeCee, Minnie, Freckie, and FeeFee knew who to go see for the best treats and snuggles.

When Betty was a young lady she participated in the Miss Hope contest with four other girls. In 1953 she won the Miss Hope title and was flown on a plane to California to be on the Bob Hope Show.

Betty and her daughter both worked for Midland County and were able to have lunch together nearly every day. They treasured the time that they could spend together.

She loved reading, crafting, shopping and going to the casino. Above all else, she cherished spending time with family and friends. She also volunteered in her spare time. Betty loved giving gifts to people and would often make the gifts herself (a beautiful scarf or a holiday wreath). She was known for her kind heart and cared for others deeply. She often put others before herself. If someone needed something, she would go without, so someone else had what they needed.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Herman and Orpha Wint, her brother Kenneth (Muriel) Wint, and her sister Bernice (Clare) Pomranky.

She will one day see again, her daughter and son in law Tammy and Rich Gillis, her son Mikal, her brother Larry (Joan) Wint, as well as many special nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A private graveside service will be held for family at Hope Cemetery.

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


Condolence Messages

  1. Steven Longstreth

    04 October 2020 10 months ago

    Tammy I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I hope the prayers of friends and family help you at this time.

  2. Tony Robbins

    29 August 2020 11 months ago

    Mike and Tammy, Praying for ya’ll during this time. Your mother was always a sweetheart to me.

  3. Robyn Schafer-Mavis

    26 August 2020 11 months ago

    Many happy memories and such wonderful friends. You don’t have to see friends daily to care a lifetime, she was always such a beautiful lady inside and out, she will be able to see her loved Bootsey in Heaven.

  4. Bill and Jan Zirwes

    26 August 2020 11 months ago

    Bill and I are so sorry for the loss of your sister, aunt and mother Betty. She will be missed by many. Saying prayers for all of the extended family.

  5. tad j eastman

    26 August 2020 11 months ago

    always helpful with a kind word and pleasing smile as a memorable part of the Courthouse supervision group of Betty, Bernie, Pat, Geraldine, Betty and Karen.

  6. Deb Schultz

    26 August 2020 11 months ago

    Tammy, my heart and prayers go out to your family as you remember the special times with your Mom. No matter how busy we were, your Mom always had a smile and a story to tell.

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