In Memory

Elizabeth 'Libbie' Swan (Bussen) - Class Of 1967

Elizabeth 'Libbie' Swan (Bussen)

Elizabeth "Libbie" Swan Bussen passed away in Las Vegas on December 27, 2010 at the age of 61.  Libbie was born at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California on August 9, 1949.  She was raised in South Pasadena, attending schools there, graduating from South Pasadena High School in 1967 and continuing her education at Pasadena City College.

The travel bug bit her early and she traveled extensively, making repeated trips to her favorite places such as Paris and London, sometimes accompanied by her sister, Molly, class of 1970.  During her working career she served as Administrative Assistant at Boller and Chivens, Inc. in South Pasadena, Pasadena City College, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and San Gabriel Valley Medical Center.  She was active for several years in the family business, Swan Stationers in South Pasadena.

Like every member of her family, she was a lover of cats and always had one as a pet.  During her 50 years in South Pasadena, she was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church.  Libbie and Ronald "Butch" Bussen were married at St. James on August 12, 2000.  They settled in Las Vegas where she was employed by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for the past 10 years.

She was predeceased by her mother, Marilyn Swan, and is survived by her husband, Ronald Bussen; her father, Fletcher Swan, class of 1941, of Las Vegas/South Pasadena; and her sister, Molly, of Denver.  Interment will be at San Gabriel Cemetery.

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01/25/11 07:54 AM #1    

Mary Creswell (Swenson) (1967)

Libbie was a dear friend especially during our high school years.  When I think of Libbie I think of the many years we spent meeting weekly in our Tri Hi Y group. She always had a smile on her face and a happy personality.

She is one of only two or three  people who cared enough to contact me after graduation.  She was so excited when she told me of meeting Butch and the up coming marriage.

She will be missed


Mary Creswell Swenson


01/25/11 09:26 AM #2    

Victoria 'Torie' Jones (Snow Mountain) (1967)

I remember Libbie from all the way back to Kindergarden. We played together and I went over to her house a number of times. I also remember going to her Dad's store- Swan's Stationery. I was impressed to have a friend whose family had a store!

Libbie was always a friendly and warm person- she was open to everyone. We had many good times at St. James Episcopal Church in South Pas. It was a wonderful church community.

I was really glad to get back in touch with Libbie when she contacted me about her marriage to Butch. She was so happy and excited to begin her new life. Since then we have stayed in contact by mail and email. She was a truly kind and considerate person- always more concerned with others' feelings and needs than her own.

I will always remember her with affection.


Torie Jones  SPHS '67  (Victoria Snow Mountain)



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