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Lisa Swalley

November 6, 1967 — December 6, 2022

Grundy Center

Lisa Marie (Cole) Swalley was welcomed home to heaven on Tuesday December 6, 2022 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at McKennen Avera Hospital, after a lengthy illness.  She was born November 6, 1967 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Del and Marcia (Shroyer) Cole. Lisa graduated from Grundy Center High School in 1986.  She was very intelligent, talented, and social.  Lisa’s determination and perseverance helped her to attain a Med Tech degree and insurance Series 6 and 7 license with 2 small children at home. 

In 1989, Lisa married and later divorced Chad Mackie.  Into this union two children were born, Zachary and Mackenzie Mackie.  Lisa married the love of her life, Kevin Swalley on July 26, 2003.  Together they raised their blended family in Grundy Center, that also included Z Swalley. 

In 2021, Lisa and Kevin moved to Arnolds Park, Iowa.

Lisa worked at Jansen Eyewear, Allen Hospital, Grundy Center Memorial Hospital and GNB Insurance.  She had the ability to put people at ease and talk with anyone.  Lisa enjoyed her family {she relished her role of being the “fun aunt”} and friends. She wished she could have stayed closer to them during her long illness.  She also enjoyed attending the children’s school activities and was president of the school’s booster club.  Lisa’s smile always lit up whatever room she entered and loved to say her world was “Rainbows and Butterflies!” 

Lisa is survived by her Husband Kevin; Mother Marcia Cole of Grundy Center; Children Zachary Mackie of Grundy Center, Mackenzie Mackie and her fiancé Nicholas Moore of Aurora, CO and Z. Swalley of Kansas City, MO; Brothers John Cole, Larry (Julie) Cole; Sister Cindy (Steve) Simms, all of Grundy Center and Sister Cherri (Steve) Jackson of Bettendorf, Iowa; 15 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews that she all loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by angel babies, Father Del Cole, Brother Terry Cole and her maternal and paternal grandparents. 

A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2022, at the Abels Funeral and Cremation Service in Grundy Center, Iowa. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m.  on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at the United Methodist Church in Grundy Center. Burial will be held privately by her family. Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, December 12, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-Engelkes Chapel

509 4th St, Grundy Center, IA 50638

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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