Mildred Louise "Millie" Pearson was born in Herington, KS on April 20, 1944 to her parents Marguerite (Chalker) and Celestine “Dempsey” Unrein. She was baptized into the Catholic Church on April 25, 1950 in Brighton, Colorado. As a young girl Millie learned to play accordion and piano. She had fond memories of her father bringing friends and having her play for them. As the oldest of eight children, she loved telling stories of her younger siblings running and sliding across the wood floor in their stalking feet.
She attended Cathedral High School in Denver, Colorado and married Henry Swanson Jr. just after high school. Together they had four children: Robert A. Swanson (Michelle), Donald G. Swanson, Stephanie L. Neison, and Terence S. Swanson (Cynthia).
Mildred was a loving mother who always encouraged her children to do their very best in everything they chose to do. She made sure they were able to participate in sports and private music lessons, even when it was hard financially. She always told them “you can do anything you want to do in life as long as you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else.”
She taught her children the importance of attending church and prayed for them daily. She always made every skinned knee or scrape seem insignificant with the love that she treated them with.
Holidays were always a special time for Millie and her family, with festive decorations, amazing food, and fun activities. She took pride in everything she had and everything she did, and she always made sure to take care of the things she had been blessed with.
Millie spent many years as a teacher’s aid at Northeast Elementary in Brighton, Colorado and touched the lives of many children. She also spent several years as the manager of the Payless Shoe Store in Brighton, Co.
Mildred and Henry had a wonderful marriage of 36 years and together with their children made many great memories. They enjoyed trips to Estes Park for hiking and camping, spending time at home gardening, and spending quality time as a family. Henry passed away in 1997 and a couple of years later she met Richard W. Pearson. Richard and Mildred were married on April 28, 2002. They shared 19 amazing years of traveling the world, sharing the love of all their children and grandchildren, sharing stories of their childhoods, decorating their home, and loving each other in sickness and in health.
Mildred is survived by her husband, Richard Pearson; three sons: Robert, Donald, and Terry; grandchildren: Fathom, Ryan, Dustin, Dylan, Brittany, Kayli, Aubrey, Breanna, Joshua, and Kira; great-grandchildren: Harper and Hattie; and siblings: Gene Unrein (Kathy), Linda Unrein, Shirley Schissler, Art Unrein (Leslie), and Phil Unrein.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father; brother, Ken Unrein; sister, Sarah Anderson; late husband, Henry Swanson; and daughter, Stephanie Neison.
Mildred will be loved and missed by all who knew her, but we can find comfort in knowing that she is forever at peace with our Father in Heaven.
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