Lorriane Wylene “Wy” (Swanstom) Twombly

April 15, 1933 ~ November 13, 2020


Nov. 27, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
1950 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah 84092
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  • Lorriane Wylene “Wy” (Swanstom) Twombly, 87, died Nov. 13, 2020. Wylene was born on Easter Sunday, April 15th, 1933 to Evert Joyce and Vera Bernice (Jewett) Swanstrom on the family farm in Waverly Nebraska.
    After graduating from Waverly High School and completing a couple of years of college, she accepted a job as a Secretary to the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. She moved to Ankra Turkey, where she met her husband James L. Twombly III and had their first child, Cyndy.
    After the assignment, they moved back to New York, and then to the Washington DC area, Germantown Maryland. With her love of travel, and after the birth of her next 2 children -Jimmy and Diane they moved their family to their next assignment, Tehran Iran, where they would stay for 4 years. During this time, she traveled extensively with friends and family.
    The family then moved back to Germantown and decided to accept a new assignment in Salt Lake City, Utah. She loved Utah more than any other place she lived and often called it her home. After spending several years in Utah, they were on the move again, this time to Florida. After a few years in Florida, she moved back to her beloved Utah. After her mother passed away, she returned to the family farm in Waverly until her health required her to return to Utah to be closer to family.
    While in Nebraska, she was reunited with a high school boyfriend, Elton. She and Elton spent several years traveling and visiting friends and relatives. She taught Elton to love travel as much as she did, and they shared several adventures together.
    She was the best Grandmother, always spoiling her grandchildren. They would visit her at the farm three weeks every summer and she would teach them everything from riding on the tractor- to riding in her brother’s plane. She would always bring gifts and loved to play games. She never missed sending a card for a birthday or any other holiday.
    Through her scrapbooking, she meticulously documented her life and many family adventures. She was a wonderful seamstress, making her children’s clothes, barbie clothes, craft projects, curtains, and wedding dresses. She would often enter her sewing projects in competitions, which won her many awards.
    She is survived by her brother, Dennis Bruce (Lynn) Swanstrom, her children, Cynthia (Troy) Bergman, James Lewis (Sheila) Twombly IV, Diane (Benjamin) Hager. Her 6 grandchildren, Ian (Alyssa), Alexander, Teryn, James, Samantha & Elizabeth, and her 2 greatgrandchildren Chevelle and Rhett.
    We want to give a Special Thanks to Scarlett Brannon for the care, friendship, and love she has given to our mother. She has become part of our family and there are no words to express all she has done for our mother and family. She is an Angel among us!
    Also, to Melanie Bradshaw and Nate Wadley at Alta Ridge Assisted Living for making mom feel so special and taking good care of her.
    A viewing will be held at 4:00- 5:00 pm, Nov. 27th, 2020 at Larkin Sunset, Sandy Utah, with an End of Life Celebration in Waverly later.


    I knew Wylene later in life after my son married her daughter. She was a beautiful, gentle lady. We spent many happy times together during family occasions. I was saddened to know about her death, and I know she will be missed. RIP, Wylene. Friend,. Gail Hager

    - Gail Hager
    It was such a pleasure to get to know Wy. Not long after I arrived at Alta Ridge, I sat with at lunch. In the course of discussion, I mentioned that I had gone to college in Omaha. The first word out of her mouth was Creighton. Nearly fell out of my chair. That day and others we would talk about Creighton, the farm in Waverly, Turkey, Wahoo NE, and much more. As time went by and she began to fade, if I mentioned the farm and her horse, her eyes. I alway tried to say hello. My condolences and blessings for this very special woman.

    - Ann Warlaumont