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Posted:  7/24/15

Liz Swim

Liz Swim passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Vermont Respite House with her devoted family following a courageous battle with lung cancer.  We all know Liz  for her toughness, optimism, and for being a fun-loving person with a touch of stubbornness.    She maintained that in her last days even as her disease sapped her strength.  As for optimism, she purchased a new driver last summer fully intending to use it this year.

Liz was an excellent golfer and was very active in VSWGA tournaments and state days as well as the events at Burlington Country Club where she was a member for many years.  Liz won the Ruth Raymond Jones Memorial Senior Championship in 1996 at St. Johnsbury Country Club.  She was the runner-up in that tournament in 1993 and 2000 and was 3rd in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

At Burlington Country Club, she won the club championship six times, the senior club championship once, the Durfee member-member seven times, and the Laird member-member once.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to her son Mike, the head golf pro at Champlain Country Club, and to her daughter Heather who flew in from Ellensburg, Washington many times during the past two years to be with her mother.  Liz was proud of children and grandchildren and  was happy to have her family with her at her home in Williston last Christmas.

The photo above is with her granddaughter Amanda at the Respite House.

ELIZABETH (ALLEN) SWIM WILLISTON - Elizabeth "Liz" (Allen) Swim passed with peace and grace on July 21, 2015, at the age of 77. Family and friends are comforted in knowing she is happily playing golf and sipping scotch in heaven. Liz was born on Oct. 17, 1937, in Manchester, N.H., to Christopher and Margaret Allen. Liz donated countless hours to local charities and organizations. Her career as salesperson led her to many wonderful clients that she considered friends. Although she had many golf victories, she always motivated others to play their best. She is survived by daughter, Heather Burfeind (Dave) of Ellensburg, Wash.; son, Michael Swim (Karmen) of Saint Albans; her four grandchildren, Christopher and Megan Burfeind, and Nicholas and Amanda Swim; sister, Katherine Pfaff; along with four nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard. The family would like to thank the radiation staff at Vermont Medical Center, especially Dr. Chris Ankers, Karen, and Pasty. We would also like to extend our appreciation for the care and compassion given by the staff at Pillsbury North Senior Living Communities and Griswold Homecare. And, we are truly blessed to have had the skilled care and loving support of the Vermont Respite House staff and volunteers during Liz's final days. Services will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Federation Church of Williston in Williston. Liz was an enthusiastic supporter and long-time board member of the Sara Holbrook Community Center. Her passion for the youth and the center's services brought her much joy and satisfaction as she watched this organization achieve their goals to enhance the lives of youth. It is the wish of the family, that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Sara Holbrook Community Center, 66 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05401; or the Champlain Junior Golf Foundation, 581 St. Albans Rd., Swanton, VT 05488.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 24, 2015

With Kathy Allbright, Sue Horton, and Mary Beth Birsky at

the 1994 State Am at Mt. Snow

With Joan Rizio , Ethelyn Bartlett, and Ann Goodrich at

the 1998 Seniors’ at Nesobe

Winning the Buxton Cup with
Ann Goodrich and Marcy Gage

With Cheryl Hoar, Mary Ann Athanas, and Kathy Kemp at on Okemo State Day