Marjorie Nell Swanson

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Marjorie Nell Swanson

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 03:16
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Marjorie Nell Swanson (Fanning), 87, of Higginsville, Missouri, met her Heavenly Father on Monday, May 11, 2020, at her home.

A funeral service took place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Faith Baptist Church in Higginsville, with the Rev. Jeremy Herbert officiating. A visitation occurred one hour prior. Interment followed the funeral service in the Olive Branch Cemetery, Milo, Missouri. Casket bearers: Jay Fanning, Matt Fanning, Ray Fanning, Stan Fanning, Wes Fanning and Roger Swanson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 7430 S. Highway 13, P.O. Box 149, Higginsville, MO 64037.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Born Sunday, April 16, 1933, in Milo, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Fanning and the late Mildred Fanning (Hiestand).

Marjorie married Clifford Swanson on June 5, 1954, and they had 66 wonderful years of marriage. Cliff survives of the home.

Marjorie graduated from Nevada High School in 1951 and then attended Kansas City Bible College. She had her own in-home day care for 14 years before working for the Higginsville Habilitation Center for 32 years until her retirement. Marjorie was an avid collector of salt and pepper shakers. She had collected them from all over the world and had an impressive collection displayed throughout their home. Marjorie and Cliff loved to travel and had many memorable trips. Marjorie belonged to the Faith Baptist Church in Higginsville.

She was a very active church member. Marjorie was the church pianist for 20 years at Grace Baptist and taught Sunday school for 60-plus years, in addition to being her husband’s personal secretary for over 60 years.

Surviving are her husband, Clifford of the home; one son, Daniel Swanson of Higginsville; one daughter, Rebecca Swanson of Branson West, Missouri; and two brothers, Norvell (Charmion) Fanning of Independence, Missouri, and Melvin (Joan) Fanning of Springfield, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ivan Fanning, Dwight Fanning and Raymond Fanning; and two sisters, Roberta Handyside and Luetta Whiteside.