Helen Marie Swanson

Helen Marie Swanson passed away peacefully on the morning of February 13, 2018 with family by her side, including the kind staff of MorningStar Assisted Living that became extended family to her. She was 88.

Her many interests included reading, sewing, music, the arts, and playing the piano. She shared her love of the arts with her children by exposing them to various formats; piano lessons, concerts in the park, school productions, local theater productions. Later in life Helen volunteered at Alberta Bair Theater.

Helen especially loved playing piano for others. In her youth she played piano in the family hotel in Forsyth, MT later she played piano with a band at small community dances. She continued performing and accompanying others throughout her life and cherished her regular opportunities to play at MorningStar.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Swanson, brother Phil Spilde, son Gene Malcolm, and mother Mary Minnie.

Helen is survived by her son Bill Malcolm (Jan), daughters Ann Pastian, Teresa Whittington (Jack), Mary Stroble (John), daughter-in-law Dianna Malcolm, 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and Helen’s family will have a celebration and memorial service in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Helen’s name to the arts organization of one’s choice.