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Doris  J.  Swanson
     Doris J. Swanson, 73, of North Platte, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 at Great Plains Health. Doris was born to Vernon and Sophia (Morrison) Joy on Aug. 13, 1943 on the Morrison farm near Arnold.
     She graduated from Arnold High School with the Class of 1961. Following graduation she went to Grand Island to be a bookkeeper.
     A friend introduced her to the love of her life Dean Swanson. They loved to dance to polka music, “the faster the better”, she always said. They got married Sept. 5, 1964 in Arnold and then moved to Omaha. A year later they had a daughter, Charlene.
     In 1968, they moved to North Platte for Dean to work. In January 1970, Karen was born. Her girls were very important to her when Dean worked overtime.
     She did a lot of different things. She was on a women league of bowling in the mornings. Friday nights she was on a mix league with her husband. Then she started playing bingo and Dean would call so they were always together.
     Her other hobby was watching her grandson, Keith, play soccer, baseball and racing go-karts. She always liked having family around the house during holidays.
     She and her husband enjoyed going gambling on their birthdays and anniversaries.
     Doris will be deeply missed by her devoted and loving husband of 52 years, Dean; daughters, Charlene (Alan) Burnside of Stapleton and Karen (Keith) Faler of North Platte; grandchildren, Priscilla (Greg) Vega, Dean Burnside, and Keith Faler, lovingly referred to as “Shorty” by grandma; great granddaughter, Avery Vega; brothers, Cal Joy of Arnold and Larry (Gloria)Joy of York.; sister, Carol Wing of Grand Island; sister-in-law, Eleanor Belke of Doniphan; and other family.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Morris Joy; mother-in-law, Sophia Swanson; and father-in-law, Ed Swanson.
     Services were Aug. 8 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which was in care of arrangements. Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiated. Burial was at the Arnold Cemetery.
     Online condolences may be shared at carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to Pawsitive Partners.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 8/9/2017
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