Nancy Muhlestein Swaner, age 76, passed away on the morning of Friday, April 16th holding the hands of her children during the sunrise. She battled cancer this past year with courage and determination to smile, live and do the very best during her struggle. Nancy was born in Price, Utah January 20, 1945 to her dear parents Lille T. Muhlestein and Grant Muhlestein. She enjoyed her earlier years with her fun-loving family and was known for her infectious laughter, beautiful smile, free spirit and colorful personality. Nancy had an innate love for art, color, design, jewelry, culture and cooking! Nancy was a Chi Omega at the University of Utah studying art. She married Stephen William Swaner in the Salt Lake City Temple. They eventually moved to Westlake Village, California and raised three children: Stephanie, Scott and Travis. Nancy and Steve loved the life of sun, water, dirt and snow. Nancy kept up with Steve’s adventurous lifestyle and became the famous camp gourmet chief!
Nancy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and loved working with the young women in the ward and local neighborhood. Steve and Nancy had an incredible friendship and marriage that came to an early end due to her husband suffering a heart attack on a bicycle ride in Sant George, Utah. Nancy endured the challenge of being a widow and managed to continue forward with the life she loved and kept her family happy and healthy. Nancy loved people from the four corners of the world and her ultimate joy and main concern was for children everywhere! She enjoyed the colors of life in the sunrise/set; the colors of spring, summer, fall and winter. One could see her love for colors and creativity in her bright outfits, her rich and vibrant prepared meals and of course her stylish shoes. She certainly had a unique style of her own. Nancy decorated her life with not only fashion but with love and light as she dedicated her life to her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. Nancy is survived by her 3 children, 4 sisters, one brother and 6 grandchildren. Her 6 grandchildren were the light and love of her life and they loved her as well. Nancy was an exceptional mother who always put her children first. She was a good friend, she loved and was loved by many. She lived a meaningful life and although we will miss her, we celebrate the life she lived. It was full of love, laughter and devotion to those she loved and her belief in the atonement and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We know she is reunited with her loving husband and parents. We look forward to that one bright day when we can meet again.
We love you!
Please feel welcome in joining us in a celebration of her life which will be held at the Federal Heights Ward 1300 Fairfax Road, 84103 Saturday April 24 at noon. The family will be receiving friends from 11:00 - 11:45 am prior to the service. There will be a live and recorded zoom option provided by Larkin Mortuary. Services can be viewed here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89118374294