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Mavis Swapp

Oct. 12, 1925-March 4, 2010

Mavis A. Swapp, 84, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at St. Mary's Innovis Heath, Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Mavis Annabelle Sanden was born to Edward and Clara (Nelson) Sanden on October 12, 1925 in rural Ogema. She grew up and attended District 54 country school there. She then attended Ulen High School, where she graduated in 1945. She attended Moorhead State Teachers College, where she obtained both an associate degree in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

On March 18, 1951 Mavis was united in marriage to Ervin W. Swapp in Detroit Lakes. They lived in rural Detroit Lakes, and Mavis taught in various country schools in Becker and Ottertail counties. In 1957 she began teaching in the Frazee-Vergas schools, where she retired 31 years later, in 1988. Mavis became one of the first people to move into the Lincoln Park Senior Apartments in 2001 and in 2006 became a resident at St. Mary's Nursing Center (now Oak Crossing).

Mavis was a member of the Retired Educators and the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. Her hobbies include genealogy, playing cards, reading, fishing and dancing. Mavis also wrote an article on her teaching memories that now resides in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Surviving Mavis is one sister, Anna (Burton) Bisbee, of Grand Rapids, as well as four nieces and three nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Ervin (2000); one brother, Edsel Sanden; and four sisters, Ellen Sanden, Gladys Sanden, Lorraine Sanden and Hermine Rew.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour beforehand.

Interment will be in Aspelund Lutheran Church Cemetery, Flom.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section online at