Doris J. Swem


Lakeview – Doris Jeanette Swem, age 92, of Langston, passed away on December 10, 2015, at Masonic Pathways in Alma, Michigan. 

Doris was born August 31, 1923, in Pine Township, the daughter of Loyd J. and Bina M. (Hinkley) Ball.  She was raised in the Langston area and married Royal A. Swem on December 31, 1943, in Lakeview.  She and Royal moved several times before settling down in Langston again in 1970.

Doris was the Pine Township Clerk in Montcalm County for 38 years until her retirement in 2012.

She was an expert at crossword puzzles, crocheting, and loved to bake.  She was especially well-known for her spectacular chocolate chip cookies.  She was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church in Six Lakes, Michigan, where she served for several years as Financial Secretary, and was also a member of the Michigan Townships Association.

Doris will be missed by her children Barbara Swem of Stanton, Donald (Laura) Swem of Charlevoix, Steven (Michelle) Swem of Grand Rapids; Grandchildren Melissa (Jon) Purdy, Michelle Swem, Matthew Swem, Rachel Swem, Jacob Humphrey; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; many, many nieces, nephews, friends, and church family.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband Royal, parents Loyd and Bina Ball, and two brothers Elvin (Rita) Ball and William Ball.

Funeral services for Doris will be Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 1:00pm at New Life United Methodist Church, 6584 Howard City-Edmore Rd, Six Lakes, MI 48886, with Reverends Sue Baab, Larry Brown, and Steve Swem officiating.  Visitation for Doris will be two hours prior to the service, from 11:00am until 1:00pm at the church.  All are invited to attend the luncheon in the New Life Fellowship Hall directly following the service.

Internment at Riverside Cemetery in Langston, Michigan, will follow the luncheon.

For those wishing to contribute in Doris’ memory, please consider the Alliance For Lupus Research (ALR). 


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