Mylet Elaine (Barelman) Swanson

Mylet Elaine (Barelman) Swanson
November 2, 1930 – November 28, 2019

Mylet E. Swanson, 89, of Ralston, Nebraska, was born on November 2, 1930, on the family farm outside Wayne, NE, to Emil H. and Minnie C. (Bruse) Barelman.  She passed away peacefully in her home on November 28, 2019.  She grew up on the family farm, attending District 64 country school.  She walked 1 1/4 miles to school, enjoying the meadowlarks singing above her.  She had a favorite calico cat, “Fluffy,” and dog, “Tige,” a brindle bull/rat terrier mix.  She attended Wayne High School.  Upon graduation, she attended Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE.  She met Donald K. (Don) Swanson at a dance in Arlington, NE, and they married on May 26,1956.  They had two daughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brothers, Milferd W. and Leland D. Barelman.  She is survived by daughters, Sandra “Sandy” Swanson Hunley (Craig) and Joan “Joanie” Swanson; grandchildren, Nicholas Swanson Hellbusch, Sally Swanson Hellbusch, and Kate Alexandra Hunley; step-grandchildren, Jeff Hellbusch (Amy), Laurie Hellbusch, and Ben Hunley (Ashley); step-great-grandchildren, Dylan Hellbusch, Ethan Hellbusch, Sydney Hellbusch, Quinn Wolford, Clara Wolford, and Kayden Hunley; numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends Friday, December 20th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel.  CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Saturday, December 21st, 11am, Messiah Lutheran Church (79th and Lakeview, Ralston).  Memorials are suggested to Messiah Lutheran Church, Nebraska Humane Society or St. Jude’s Research Hospital.



  • Sue Braun Posted December 1, 2019 2:56 pm

    Keeping you and Sandy in my thoughts and prayers, Joanie.

  • Lisa Swanson Posted December 1, 2019 5:02 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We will miss her sweet Christmas letter this year. Her smile was so precious to everyone she came in contact with. May Jesus be your comfort and strength in your time of grief.

  • Renae Redfearn Posted December 1, 2019 11:14 pm

    Praying for you. Hoping your memories of a lifetime give you comfort and peace.

  • Nancy Videtich Posted December 2, 2019 7:58 am

    So sorry Joanie – thinking of you with sympathy and love.
    Hugs, Nancy Videtich

  • Caroline & John Zulch Posted December 2, 2019 10:24 am

    Sandy. Our hearts go out to you and your family. May God bless you and keep you through this.

  • Ann and Randall Schlensig Posted December 2, 2019 12:06 pm

    Deepest condolences on the loss of your loving mother. Her generosity serves as an example to which we may all aspire. She was truly blessed to have your dedicated care and companionship these many years since your father’s passing Joanie. Wishing you fond memories to ease the pain of your loss.

  • Ann Barelmann Ross Posted December 9, 2019 11:48 am

    I am so happy that Mylet has reached her eternal reward in heaven. Myles was one of the kindest persons I ever knew. I was reading a book about comparing the educational systerm from the pilgrims times till the present and was amazed at one Pilgrim’s boy’s (age 6) answer to what was the meaning of life. He said it was to glorify God until death and enjoy God’s presence through eternity. This is what Mylet did. She rejected unfairness, was kind to her parents, was happily married and raised 2 wonderful daughters. She remained independent thoughout her life and spent her free time at church, glorifying God with her friends. I am so happy she died peacefully at home. My sincerest sympathies and I hope to make it to the Celebration of life.
    Ann Barelmann Ross

  • Marjorie Van Riper Posted December 19, 2019 11:58 am

    Sandy and Joan, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. What a beautiful and kind lady.

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