Grace Lavonne Junge Liggett

Grace Lavonne Junge was born August 14, 1930, the fourth child of seven children born to Bill Junge and Clarice Gilbertson Junge.

Bill and Clarice Junge, along with their two oldest children, Luella and Bill came to South Dakota with team and wagon from Nebraska. A third child, Donna was born in South Dakota.

The family settled in Bennett County, where a sod house was built and Grace was born in the sod house and later on, three more sisters, Dorothy, Elsie and Esther were born there.

The family engaged in farming and ranching and all the kids, from an early age, learned the value of hard work.

Grace attended Pleasant Valley country school through 8th grade.

She, along with two of her sisters, Donna and Dorothy attended Bennett County High School for two years.

The Junge girls did a lot of farm and ranch work; milking cows, fixing fence, breaking horses, cultivating corn, mowing and raking hay, stacking hay with an overshot hay stacker, harvesting grain with a binder (4-horse hitch), shocking grain bundles and pitching grain bundles in the threshing machine. Also feeding and taking care of livestock.

Even though the hardships and heartaches were many for our mother, she always managed to have music in our lives.

Our mother enjoyed music and played the piano and organ.

Grace liked to sing with her sisters at school programs and social gatherings with guitar music provided by a couple of her sisters.

In 1948 Grace married Leonard Liggett and to this union four children were born.

Grace is survived by her children and their spouses: Daniel (Nancy), Jerry (Vilma), Judy Crook, and David (Zoe); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; also one brother, Bill Junge of Gordon, Neb. and one sister, Esther Wildish of Baker, Mont., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Loved ones that have passed on are her parents, her husband, Leonard Liggett, son-in-law Harvey Crook; sisters, Luella, Donna, Dorothy, Elsie and one sister-in-law Bea Junge.

A special tribute to my mother and five sisters:

Grateful for having shared the lives of my mother and five sisters, the memory of the work ethic and our music together will be with me forever.

In Loving Memory,

Esther Junge Wildish

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