An avid reader, architect, tennis player, lover of time at the beach, admirer of art, and cheerleader for her kids, Kris’s joyful presence, endless kindness, determination, and wit inspired everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. Her family and friends are grateful for every day with such a loving and giving friend, wife, daughter, sister, and mother.
Born Kristina Sue Lawson on August 11, 1972, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kris was the third of three children born to Jack and Joyce Lawson. She grew up in Brookfield, Indiana where she attended Triton Central High School where she was a proud Tiger academic and tennis standout. Kris went on to Ball State University where she studied architecture and formed many life-long relationships, including with her future husband. She and T.J. both began their careers in Cincinnati, Ohio, and continued their growth together along with their passion for architecture and design when their careers took them to Los Angeles. Kris and T.J. were married in 2000 and returned to Indiana a few years later, to be closer to their loving extended families. In 2012, Kris launched her own architecture and design business, SODA (Swanson Office of Design + Architecture), and 4 years later, in 2016, T.J. joined SODA, fulfilling their long-held dream of owning their own firm.
Kris is survived by her husband and partner of nearly 19 years, Thomas Joseph (T.J.) Swanson and her daughter, Eve, and son, Tommy. She is also survived by her parents, Jack and Joyce Lawson, her brother, Jack (Marsha) Lawson, her sister, Melanie (Shawn) Maclaren, and her nieces and nephews: Megan, Jacob, Rachel, Nathan, Rachel, and Nathan.
A celebration of the love, joy, and adventure that Kris brought to our lives will be held on June 2, 2019 from 2 to 6 pm at The Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion, Carmel, Indiana. A short memorial will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, followed by a gathering of family and friends to share in remembrance.
We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the love and support of the past months from family, friends, and often complete strangers. We would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who made a donation, provided a meal, sent a gift, wrote a note, or said a prayer. It was simply amazing to see how many lives Kris had touched in her lifetime and the outpouring of support because of it.
In Lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial gifts be made to their children’s 529 college savings account at Ugift529.com enter code A3F-62E.
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