Laverne Maxine Johnson Christensen of Sioux Falls
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April 2, 1924 - April 2, 2014
Our Mother, Grandmother and Friend to so many has left us.
Laverne was the third child?of Lottie and Arthur Johnson?of rural Gary, SD. She was a?handful, a real whippersnapper?and full of adventure. Laverne?loved staying with her grandparents and would take every opportunity to catch a ride with the mailman to Grandpa and Grandma's farm. She was in trouble for so many things, from faking sick and coming home from school only to be sent back by her mother; to putting baby mice under the old oak dining room table (to keep them safe).
Laverne's father died when she was only six, making?it a very hard life for Laverne, her mother, brother and sister during the Great Depression. President Roosevelt was their hero. After writing him about their despair, he responded with a kind note and a monthly check, which together with her mother's meager wages enabled them to survive and be happy.
Laverne loved numbers but didn't love the constraints of school; however she endured and received an education from the Gary Elementary and high schools.
Laverne was married at eighteen to her prince charming, William Christensen, in 1942 and had been married for 67 years when he died in 2009.
After WWII, Laverne and Bill began a life together of raising two daughters and two sons. They left Gary to start farming near Baltic and then on to Hartford and the Crooks areas. When their children left home, Laverne and Bill moved to Sioux Falls. Together they enjoyed many years of work and dancing (for which they won many awards for their excellence).
During her long life, in addition to caring for her family, Laverne was employed at Litton's, Howard Johnsons and Prairie Market where she made several life-long friends.
Although a committed South Dakotan, Laverne traveled with great joy to China, Taiwan (to visit her grandson), Japan, England and Europe. Some of her fondest memories were of the children in Japan and visiting the house of Anne Frank in Amsterdam.
Mother, we will long remember your work ethic, integrity, and commitment to family and friends, but we will remember most your fierce need for independence.
With profound sadness she leaves two daughters, Diane and Sherry; two sons, David and Steven; one sister, Dona Mae; nephews, Roger and Jack; twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandsons, a sister-in-law and many friends who cherished her friendship over the years.
Laverne M. Christensen, 90, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away April 2, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 11:00 am at East Highland Lutheran Church, rural Brandt, SD. All memorial gifts in her honor will be given to East Highland Lutheran Church. Rude's Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Rude's Funeral Home
105 W 8Th St S
Brookings, SD 57006
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 13, 2014