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Swann (Croken), Vanessa Maxine
September 10, 2019
Service:Thursday, September 19, 2019
1:00 pm
A Celebration of Vanessa’s life will be held at the Chapel of the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM


Swann (Croken), Vanessa Maxine

Vanessa Maxine Swann (Croken) of Red Deer passed away unexpectedly at home way to soon at the age of 40 years on September 10, 2019.
Vanessa was born in Red Deer, Alberta and grew up in Sylvan Lake where she graduated from H.J. Cody School in 1996. As a child Vanessa was witty, funny and a great conversationalist with a contagious laugh.
After a serious brain injury in a horrific car crash, Vanessa struggled in adulthood raising her 3 boys.
Vanessa was predeceased by her baby brother Dalton, younger sister Anastasia and Grandpa Keith Moore.
Vanessa will be sadly missed by her Mum Deborah Swann, Dad Clayton Swann, sisters: Harmony and Breauna; brother Colton; Grandma Dorothy Moore, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends. Especially her son Rudy.
A Celebration of Vanessa’s life will be held at the Chapel of the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with arrangements. 403 845-2626


Toni :
I just learned of Vanessas passing. I am so incredibly shocked. She was like a little sister to me. I knew her for over 25 years. And I am In disbelief and she was a true Angel on earth. I am even more shocked that no one let me know. I will miss you my beautiful friend and I am so truly sorry for all that you have been through in this life. Your with God now and one of his Angels. I love you more the. Words can say. Rest In Peace my Beautiful friend my little sister.

Alison Dawson:
Deb and Clay
I came across this and remembered a wonderful couple camping in a school bus with your pig. You helped my son get his first caught fish off the hook near Nordegg. We connected as I was new at teaching and I believe I had met you somehow in your role in the school district. I recall you telling me of your daughter and her brain injury, (we lost my children's dad in an auto accident in 1997). My heart is hoping you receive this message of faith, as I also recall that being a part of who you are. Hope you remember us, but if not, that's okay too, it was probably in 2000 when we met. Take comfort in the company of friends and solace in solitude. My thoughts to your daughter's boys as well.
Pat Sawyer:
Dear: Family and loved ones
Breauna would likely remember me as I was in the same grade as her. I' am Pat Sawyer, I grew up with this family back when we all were young. I' am so saddened by Vanessa's loss, it breaks my heart, I remember when Anantasia passed away I was still in my teens when that happened and I remember feeling so bad back then. I' am devastated by Vanessa's loss I didn't ever think that she would pass before her time like this. Ed Stevenson at the funeral home has my contact info, if you contact me Breauna or any other family member I would appreciate it.

Kind Regards,
Pat Sawyer
Daniel Tyrrell:
Vanessa contacted me one day out of the blue said she saw my pic on FB and tracked me down.
We had a short but deep and sincere friendship, I am sad she is gone.
Marianne Hill:
I met Vanessa at a parenting group in 2003. She used to make me laugh a lot. Her laugh was pretty great. My son and Rudy were very close in age and played together back then. She was always so proud of him! Once my daughter was born in 2004, and I started bringing her to the group, Vanessa was instantly in love. She thought my daughter was the most beautiful baby and just wanted to hold her all the time. And she did! She used to tell me all the time how much she loved me and my kids. We started spending more time together, even celebrating our birthdays together a couple times, since we were born one day apart. I remember always being in awe of how well all her plants grew in her house. She had plants everywhere. I moved away from Red Deer in 2007 and we lost touch over the years. I have a lot of regret about not staying in touch with her more and visiting her after moving back to Alberta a couple years ago. I actually didn’t realize how much she meant to me until I saw she was gone! She was a special lady! She is reminding me that each day is a gift, and to let the people in my life know how much they mean to me!
Diane Gramlich:
Vanessa came to my garage sale in 2001. She clutched a textbook that I gave her and said it would be so helpful. I became her "bra lady" and a friendly ear, and I helped her out with a few things. We came in and out of each other's lives over the years. Rest in peace dear Vanessa.
Holly Alcock:
My dear friend Ness and I met at the Dawe Centre in the summer of 2002. I was working at the concession and she brought her son Rudy who was nearly 3 to the pool, and we got chatting and became friends instantly.
It turned out she lived just a block away from me! I remember one of the first times we hung out was Rudy's 3rd birthday party at her place with my almost 2 year old son, and our sons both became good friends.
Over the years Vanessa was a constant in my life and vice versa. Our children's birthday parties, the births of our children, girls nights, parenting courses, parent groups, supper and movie dates, swimming, dog park, shopping, roadtrips, holidays and lots of tim hortons coffee and donuts and laughter. Lots of crying on each others shoulders and lots of helping each other with childcare ensued over the 17 years we were friends. She even helped me with a landscaping job for cash once!!! If I needed anything I was able to go to her and she to me. She was truly generous.
Vanessa cared for my little dog Thor for nearly 2 years every week. I am so grateful for this. Thor loved his routine of going to her place and when she acquired a parrot named Captain, it was even more exciting for him to go! He loved Vanessa.
Vanessa I sure will miss you. I miss going for wings and talking about our dreams and hopes and offering support during life's hard times; which for you seemed many. I will miss looking after your geckos while you were away and I will miss the fact that I can't talk to you on the phone any longer to share to catch up.
Thank you for putting up with me and caring for my kids all these years. I wish I had been able to say goodbye!!!! I will never forget your smile and your laughter.
Love you always girl!!
Your friend Holly
Marjorie Arbeau :
Every morning she would come and knock on my door and say Mom it's Nessa I love her so much I miss her so much I don't know how I'm going to do it but God will give me Faith and Captain we came for coffee and treats
Lauretta Gorman :
My deepest condolences to Vanessa’s family!!! She was a very special lady who had a smile that could light up any space!!! Fly with the Angels dear friend! R.I.P. Beauty
Marilyn Jewell:
I am so very sorry to hear of deepest sympathies to you.
Joanne Waldo:
Deb and Clay
My deepest condolences to you on the passing of Vanessa. I know your strength will carry you through this painful time. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Karen Martin McIntyre :
I am so sorry to hear of friend Vanessa's passing I have been friends with Vanessa since our kids were babies. Unfortunately Vanessa kept asking me to go for coffee and I was always so busy with my kids and work that I didn't get the chance to meet up with her. I will so miss her. And my deepest of condolences go out her family and Rudy. Wish I had taken the time now.
Amy Choy:
My most sincere condolences to you and your family, Rudy. You often speak of such respect for your mother. I'm sorry you have to suffer such a big loss at such a young age. You have the support and love from the entire Bing's Spruce Grove family. Luv you to the moon and back Rudy!
Doug and Cathy:
Deepest sympathy from the Hoodikoffs
Diane Kinnear:
I was so sorry to find out about Vanessa's passing. My sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved this bright and loving lady whose smile lit up the world.
Melanie Blackwell:
I have known Vanessa for many years and am so glad i had her in my life. She was handed many hardships in her life but was always happy and sunny and always made me smile. Although we met professionally, she became a member of my family and her death breaks my heart. My heart goes out to her sons whom I know she loved more than anything in the world. Rest in peace my friend.
Sharon Adams:
My most sincere condolences on the passing of dear Vanessa to your family. I was her worker for over 5 years with the Alberta Brain Injury Network, her positivity and bright cheery smile was unforgettable. After I left ABIN, we maintained our friendship. The last time I spoke to her was in June and she was the happiest I had ever seen her. She had someone(Shaun) who loved her for who she was, and made her even more positive and happy. I will miss her dearly but will always remember her delightful spirit. May your memories live on in your hearts.

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