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Sandy Swyter

April 24, 1954 - April 1, 2024


Sandra L. Swyter, 69, of Britt, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024 at her home.

Funeral services for Sandy Swyter will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 5, 2024 at Fertile Lutheran Church, 602 West Washington Street in Fertile. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Ewing Funeral Home, 178 Center Street West in Britt, and will continue an hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

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Sandy was born April 24, 1954 in Mason City, Iowa to Merrill and Roberta Gallion Cooper. She grew up in Mason City and graduated from Mason City High School in 1973.

Sandy graduated from the optometric assistant program at NIACC. While working in Britt, she meet the love of her life, Ross. They were united in marriage at the Britt Methodist Church in 1985 and they made their home near Britt, on the Swyter family farm in Erin Township. This union was blessed with two daughters. In 1993 she returned to college, attending Buena Vista College where she earned her teaching degree in elementary education. She enjoyed teaching children, of the tender years, and taught preschool children for 23 years, retiring from the headstart program in 2019.

Sandy enjoyed helping her husband Ross on the farm by caring for livestock, gardening, mowing the lawn, weed wacking, and keeping the farmstead looking neat. She was a 'horse show mom’ for her daughters, a Girl Scout leader and Sunday School teacher/director for many years. Hobbies included collecting Nativity sets, reading, and quilting. She made scrapbooks of the many family camping trips she and Ross took over the years. She loved going on travel adventures. Most recently to Glacier National Park via Amtrak, The SS Badger, Route 66 in her Camaro Convertible. Branson was a favorite destination, as well motorcycle touring with Ross on their Harley.

Sandy always had their home decorated, both inside and out for the seasons. Sandy’s favorite season was Christmas, as she loved celebrating the birth of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She loved celebrating birthdays and special occasions, and making special designer cakes as her artistic expression of the event.

Sandy is survived by Ross, her loving husband of 38 years; daughter Emily (Nate) Belt and their children Mason and Hunter; daughter Hannah Swyter (Landon Dietrich), and her children Amy and Ivy all of Mason City.

She was preceded in death by her parents Merrill and Roberta Cooper, grandparents Roy and Helen Gallion, Howard and Eliza Cooper, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.