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Linda Marie Sundstrom Babb
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1922
Mud Butte
Meade County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 18, 2001
Meade County
South Dakota, USA

Obituary from Rapid City Journal
20 Dec. 2001 Edition

Linda Marie Sundstrom Babb

NEWELL _ Linda Marie Sundstrom Babb, 79, Newell, died Tuesday evening, December 18, 2001, at the home of her daughter in Sturgis.

Visitation will be Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel and Saturday one hour prior to the services at the church in Newell.

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 22, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Newell with Rev. Deb Geelsdottir officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery.

Linda was born February 20, 1922, at Mud Butte, South Dakota, to Carl and Elsie (Johnson) Sundstrom. She was the third in the family of nine children. Riding horseback in the Mud Buttes was one of the family pastimes, and she spent much of her childhood caring for her younger siblings.

She attended the Mud Butte Rural School for eight years.

On October 17, 1939, she married Alvin "Buster" Babb of the Twilight area, and she spent the rest of her life on their ranch 25 miles northeast of Newell. Some of their early married life was spent in a sheep wagon. Linda became a full partner in the ranch operation of raising sheep and cattle.

Despite the hardships of drought, blizzards, prairie fire and rattlesnakes, she loved the ranch life and the livestock. She helped with lambing, haying, milking cows, branding calves and other outdoor tasks, but she still appreciated and wore attractive clothes, jewelry, and makeup. Being an excellent seamstress, she sewed for herself, daughters, and grandchildren.

In 1993, she traveled with her daughters and two granddaughters to visit the childhood homes of her father in Sweden and maternal grandmother in Norway.

Water was often scarce, but she never gave up in her effort to grow trees and flowers. Since her retirement from ranching, she enjoyed tole painting and sharing her works of art with family and friends.

Linda was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, AARP, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include two daughters, Diana and her husband, Ronald Glover, Rapid City, and Bonnie Lange, Sturgis; one son and his wife, Gary and Lawren Babb who live on the ranch; eight grandchildren, Lissa and Bob Moeller, Ravenna, NE, Liana and Kevin Gordon, Provo, UT, Jim and Bridget Lange, North Platte, NE, Bradley and Gina Babb, Ord, NE, Linda and Jeff Kaiser, Mendota Heights, MN, John and Teresa Glover, Moorhead, MN, Susan Glover, Bayfield, WI, and Bryce Lange, Denver, CO; one step-grandchild, Brett and LynnAnn Day, Midvale, UT; nine great-grandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include Juno Sundstrom, Moorcroft, WY, Ernest Sundstrom, Apple Valley, CA, Sally O'Dea, Vale, South Dakota, and LaVera Chord, Black Hawk, South Dakota. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Gladys Keene, Sturgis, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Elsie (Johnson) Sundstrom; her husband, Alvin "Buster" Babb; two brothers, Clyde and Wayne; two sisters, Sylvia and Elsie "Babe", one grandchild; one step-grandchild, and one step-great-grandchild.

Memorial money will be given to a speaker system at First Lutheran Church, the Mud Butte Volunteer Fire Department and the Newell Volunteer Fire Department. 
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  Alvin Sylvester Babb (1909 - 1997)
  Gary Babb (1941 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Hope Cemetery
Butte County
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Scarlett
Record added: Jun 01, 2011
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Linda Marie <i>Sundstrom</i> Babb
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