Elsie J. Swanson, 67, of Danbury, died Feb. 6, 2010, with her children by her side.

Mrs. Swanson was born Sept. 19, 1942 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Francis William and Hazel Joan (McIntire) Gibbons.

She graduated from Housatonic Valley High School in Falls Village in 1960 and attended nursing school in New York.

Mrs. Swanson worked first as a pediatric nurse at Danbury Hospital, where she enjoyed working with the newborn babies, and later at New Milford Hospital.

She was most recently employed by Dr. Michael Fein in Bethel, from where she retired last September.

Mrs. Swanson was an avid reader and always had a book on hand to read. She enjoyed gardening and the occasional trip to the casino.

Mrs. Swan son adored her grandson and loved spending time with him.

Mrs. Swanson is survived by her children, Gerald Swanson, and his wife, Janet, of Danbury, Katrina Fiorita, and her husband, Gary, and their son, Jake, of Danbury, Craig Swanson, of Waynesville, Ga., and Rebecca Swanson, of Brookfield; two brothers, Lee Gibbons, and his wife, Joan, of New Milford, and Roy Gibbons, of New Milford; a niece; and a nephew.

The Green Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Avenue, P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06050.