Our beautiful mother Lois Mae Roberts Swint, passed away on April 28, 2021 at the age of 90 years old. Lois was born March 14, 1931 to Russell LaSalle Roberts II and Mary Philena McAuley in Wahoo, Nebraska, where she spent her early years before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 12.
She met J (Jay) Ronald Swint at a Methodist youth group and the two were married on June 17,1950 in Albuquerque. In December 1966 they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while living in Bellevue, Washington. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in June 1968.
Lois served in many capacities in the church including a music mission with her husband in Guatemala where they helped bring music to many small villages.
Lois had a great passion for music as a small child and became an accomplished violinist and pianist. She attended the University of New Mexico where she received a degree in violin performance and played for the Albuquerque Symphony. She spent many years in Hollywood as a studio musician, playing on numerous albums as well as movie and television soundtracks. In 1979 she began a 34 year career as a violinist with the Utah Symphony. After her retirement she played several more years with the Orchestra at Temple Square. Her music took her all over the world including East Germany where she was able to perform behind the Iron Curtain. She loved to talk about the time she played a candy apple red electric violin for Isaac Hayes, but one of the most thrilling moments in her career was playing under John Williams at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Lois will forever be known as a beautiful, kind, optimistic, and faithful woman who never knew a stranger. Her music touched many lives but her incredible spirit will forever be remembered.
Lois and Jay were married 61 years until his death in 2011. She is survived by her four children, Mark (Peggy) Swint, Mary (Brad) Colovich, Carol (Jamie) Bay, Paul (Jayme) Swint as well as 16 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Jay, and two precious grandsons, Kevin Gillette Bay and Nicholas Paul Swint.
Viewings will be held on Thursday, May 6 from 6-8 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary located at
1950 E. 10600 S. Sandy, Utah, and on Friday, May 7th at 10 am followed by Funeral services at 11 am at 9880 S. 3100 E. Sandy, Utah the Dimple Dell Park Ward building.
Following the service she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband in Larkin Sunset Gardens cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Rose Murray and the Aspire Hospice team who cared for her so lovingly in her final days. A special thanks to our sister Carol who put in countless hours and sleepless nights caring for our sweet mother. We could not have done this without her.
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