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Marilyn Alice Thorne Swisher, 87, passed away Wednesday. She is preceded in death by her husband Carl Craik Swisher, her parents Alice and RA Thorne, and her brother Shelton Allen Thorne. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia "Trish" (Bill) Bryan and Barbara (Curtis) Swisher; two granddaughters Jessica Bryan and Patricia "Trishie" Swisher; three great-grandchildren, Avianna and Isaac O'Brien and Elaine Hughes; her sister-in-law, Donna Thorne; three nephews, Steven, Barry, and Douglas Thorne; and great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by friends Misty Ray, who continues to provide care for her beloved dogs, and Vanessa Brown who, with her family, gave her great joy the last year of her life. She was born in Tampa Florida, started nurses' training in New Orleans, moved to Boulder Colorado to finish school where she met Carl, and moved to Valdosta Georgia in 1990. She practiced nursing for many years but her true calling was to help the plight of animals. In the 70's and 80's she was Executive Director of Boulder Valley Spay Clinic and Queen City and Capital Hill Spay/Neuter clinics in Denver. Her animal welfare efforts were acknowledged in Women's Who's Who in America. A memorial will be held in Valdosta and services will be in Boulder. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local Human Societies.
Published on March 9, 2017
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