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, passed away in the comfort of her home in Tampa, FL. on July 29, 2020.

Lenda’s predeceased family was her father Melvin Mutter, mother Rosie Mutter, brothers; Willard Hilton, Jimmy Mutter and Timmy Wayne Mutter, sisters; Shirley Hilton Jenkins and Emily Hilton Lilly. Lenda is survived by her loving husband Doug Swanson of over 15 years. A sister Shelby Hilton Cole, brothers; David Hilton, Melvin Lee Mutter and Buddy Carson Mutter, sons; Zachary Buendia and Matt Buendia, step daughter Melinda Jessica Pichardo and 4 grandchildren. Lenda loved her family and life being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Lenda was born near Waverly, Ohio. She moved to Tampa years later where she met Doug and was a hardworking, loyal employee at Aetna Insurance for 38 years. Lenda loved being with Doug. They were always side by side whether it was camping, boating, fishing, going to garage sales or working on projects. Lenda loved her cats and dogs. She loved to entertain and be around people. Everyone that met Lenda knew they found a lifetime friend. She always found the best in everyone and was the first to lend a helping hand to those in need.

There aren’t words to express Lenda’s pure heart. All of us would have done anything to keep her here with us, but we know she is our angel watching over us. We will forever miss her genuine soul. May our beautiful friend’s soul Rest in Peace. Lenda’s Celebration of Life will take place in the near future at their home. Updates will be posted on Facebook at Doug’s page and tag Lenda’s page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to


  • Jacquie Johnson-Boyd August 5, 2020 6:10 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family. There was no one like here, I well miss her and the compassion she showed to others. Rest in Paradise my beautiful friend 💕🌹😇🙏🏾

  • Anonymous August 5, 2020 6:25 pm

    Very sorry Doug. Will pray for comfort for your family. Annie Penn

  • Glodyl Ray August 5, 2020 6:25 pm


    My deepest condolences.

  • Richard k. Buendia August 5, 2020 6:35 pm

    To Doug and his family his stepsons his daughter grandchildren you’ve been a blessing in lenda’s life Doug and we know that to the end you made it the best life she could ever have we all thank you for that and we will miss lenda as much as anyone can .Thanks for caring for her and loving her as you did no one could ever replace you and no one could ever replace lenda a wonderful loving mother and wife

  • Anonymous August 5, 2020 7:17 pm

    To everyone who was lucky enough to know this amazing woman, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I had the honor of having her grandson and she was the most loving grandmother a child could ever hope for. She was a second mom to me when I was a young mother myself and I learned so many valuable life lessons from her. She will be missed and loved everyday. She is safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior forever.

    With Love,
    Lacey Plumley

  • Rodney And Jinny Harris August 5, 2020 7:20 pm

    You have our deepest sympathies

  • Anonymous August 5, 2020 7:39 pm

    I still can’t stop the tears, I loved you my Sister/Cousin. I knew in my heart you would be healed but I know our Father in Heaven decided to bring you home. I pray God will be with Lenda’s husband , Doug , her Sons, Children and Grandchildren. God rest your sweet soul honey <3

  • Sonia & Don August 5, 2020 7:54 pm

    It was but a short time that I knew you; but it was evident to see how kind and genuine you were. Doug stopped by to invite us to your Halloween party; where you went all out to decorate! I remember walking into your home for the first time and I was greeted with a hug and a big smile! Your love permeated throughout , and your warm smile lit up the room! Yes you will be greatly missed; but it will be but a short time until we meet again!

  • Cherie Fetrow Anderson August 5, 2020 11:04 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, my heart breaks for you…You are dorever in my thoughts and prayers

  • Elizabeth Brown August 5, 2020 11:12 pm

    Lenda had a beautiful soul. She was true to herself and everyone she came in contact with. Our friendship started over a phone call and when I transferred to the Tampa office it continued. She helped anyone that asked and gave it her all so willingly and easy. Everyone that met Lenda was truly blessed.

  • Anonymous August 6, 2020 7:13 am

    Lenda you will be sadly missed. You were a good friend to me while we worked together at Aetna and you were there for me when I went through my illness. My prayers are with your family and I hope that you are resting peacefully now.

  • Marisol darriba August 6, 2020 7:51 am

    I’m sorry miss a great Boss and great human being and a great friend..always seeing the best in people. Rest in peace Lenda.

  • David and Anne August 6, 2020 8:38 am

    Doug you know we loved Lenda and of course you! We took her passing very hard and we pray for your continued courage and strength. Lenda will be in our hearts always!

  • David Mintz August 6, 2020 1:34 pm

    Condolences to Doug and family. Lenda was always my go-to problem solver whenever we had a crisis at Aetna. She will be missed.

  • Carmen Delgado August 6, 2020 5:56 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and the family. Lenda was truly a one of a kind human being. There will never be another Lenda. She knew no enemy and no matter what her own personal challenges were you would never know. She carried herself with a big smile on her face always willing to assist What a geniune spirted person…..her time on earth was short but she left her mark on all who knew her here on earth. Heaven gained a angel for sure. Thank you Lenda for all the good you showed us. I will miss you dearly. Rest in the Lords loving arms….Amen.

  • Diana White & Family August 7, 2020 3:05 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Doug,Zak,Matt and Melinda for your loss. God Bless in this sorrowful time.

  • Zachary Buendia August 7, 2020 4:14 pm

    You were the most amazing most beautiful person I will ever know. I miss u every minute of every day and still cannot believe you are gone. You were the best mother anyone could have ever asked for but most of all you were mine. You were my best friend and never once could I not goto you and talk knowing you were their to make things better. Its going to be so hard to live life without you as you will always be my everything. I love you ma more then you will every know. I take comfort in knowing you are no longer in pain and that God has you in his arms comforting you till the day we meet again. I love you mom and always will. Your son Zachary Buendia

  • Lynne Kleingaedner August 9, 2020 12:21 pm

    Condolences to Doug and family. Lenda was always the sweetest Whenever you had a problem she always helped no matter what. She will be missed.

  • Suzanne Conrad August 9, 2020 1:03 pm

    Lenda you will be missed. My prayers are with your family

  • Carol Buendia August 13, 2020 1:39 am

    RIP and prayers to Doug Matt and Zachary and Melinda. I had Lenda for many years. Even though was just Step Aunt to her boys-‘my son is their cousin. She was always so kind to me. I will her

  • Anonymous August 26, 2020 5:23 pm

    Lenda you will be dearly missed. You were brave and courageous through this journey. It’s still hard to believe I am not able to pick up the phone and hear ” hello my friend “. You were great frien and coworker.

    My condolences to Doug, Matt , Zach and other family members. Be at peace my friend.

  • Deb Barley August 26, 2020 5:24 pm

    Lenda you will be dearly missed. You were brave and courageous through this journey. It’s still hard to believe I am not able to pick up the phone and hear ” hello my friend “. You were great frien and coworker.

    My condolences to Doug, Matt , Zach and other family members. Be at peace my friend.

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  • mary Perez August 30, 2020 9:16 am

    Lenda was a lovely addition to this world.
    . She will be missed always. My heart is with Doug
    and her children, all of her familyand all the many lives she touched.

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