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Prudence OrtonPrudence Orton, 106 of Webster died on Friday October 14, 2016 at Bethesda Home in Webster. Her funeral will be 2 P.M. Saturday October 22, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church in Summit, Rev. Justin Neugebauer will officiate. Burial will be in the Ortley Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Prudence Davidson Orton was born to on May 7, 1910 to Albert and Alma (Amundson) Davidson in Lynn Township, Day County, South Dakota. She was baptized and confirmed at Tabor Lutheran Church. She attended country school near her home in Lynn Township and graduated from Webster High School in 1930. She was the eldest in the family and helped with her younger siblings or wherever needed. Prudence received her teaching certificate and taught at a rural school until 1938, when the family moved to Ortley, South Dakota. On February 28, 1940, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Clarence Orton. The couple lived in San Mateo, California for a year and a half before returning to South Dakota. The couple operated a variety store in Summit, South Dakota until 1949, when they purchased the Orton family farm. Prudence helped on the farm and took great pride in it. After the couple retired from farming, they attended many auction and estate sales where they would purchase and restore antique furniture. In 1979, the couple moved to a new home in Webster, South Dakota. Clarence passed away in 2002. After his passing, she remained in her home until moving to Bethesda Home in Webster. She was content with her life there and appreciated the excellent staff and the care they provided. Prudence was a member at Hope Lutheran Church in Summit where she was active in Sara Circle. She was also a member at the Golden Age Club in Webster. She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, baking Norwegian goodies, reading, quilting, and photography that entailed beautiful landscape pictures as well as photos of her loved ones. She also had a passion for poetry, but above all she enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. Prudence was a special lady and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her sister Arlene Hovland, sister-in-law Violet Davidson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, Albin, Clarence, Scotty, Lester, two sisters, Dorothy and Baby Davidson in infancy.
It was a blessing to have known and loved Aunt Prudence. She was proud of her Norwegian heritage and passed this heritage on to the next generation. Kris and I enjoy volunteering at the Chapel In The Hills in Rapid City. This chapel is an exact replica of the Borgund Stavkirke in Norway near the town of Laerdal. We had the opportunity to visit this church when Aunt Prudence, Uncle Scotty, Mom, my brother Warren and I visited Norway in June 1986. Some of the items in the gift shop at the Chapel In The Hills are inscribed with a little poem that Prudence probably would have chuckled at. Goes something like this: Lutefisk when you're hungry Akevitt when you're dry Lefse when you're homesick Valhalla when you die Aunt Prudence is now reunited with Uncle Clarence and all the other saints who have gone before us. Tusen takk, Aunt Prudence. Vi elskar deg. Thanks be to God
Brad Hovland Oct 19 2016 12:00 AM
Prudence and Clarence were great friends of Mom & Dad (Mavone and Henry Eidet). They had many good times together--playing cards or looking for just the right antiques. We were fortunate to see Prudence at Arlene's birthday party. I remember Prudence every spring when the peonies she gave to Mom that I now have planted in our back yard start to grow and bloom. Prudence brought bouquets of peonies to our wedding which graced the church (51 years ago). I enjoyed many visits with Prudence and will miss her. God Bless her memory!! Joe and Lily Eidet Mogen.
Lily Mogen Oct 18 2016 12:00 AM
My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Prudence. The loss of our dear loved ones can be very difficult and distressing to cope with. True comfort comes in knowing that Jehovah ( Psalm 83 : 18 - God's name ) is not the cause of our pain , suffering and death, Hebrews 2 : 14 tells us the source. May you be comforted in knowing that Jehovah hates death and promises to eliminate death forever and bring the dead back to life on a cleansed earth. ( Isaiah 25 : 7,8; Revelation 21 : 3-5; Acts 24 : 15; Psalms 37 : 10,11, 29 ). Also, may your own good and loving memories of Prudence help to soothe your hearts, as we remember that our dear loved ones now safely rest in the loving memory of our Grand Creator, Jehovah God, waiting for the fulfillment of His promised purpose for us all. Sincerely
Ginger Oct 16 2016 12:00 AM
Prudence lived a full life and we (her nephews and nieces) have many wonderful memories of the Orton farm and of Prudence and Clarence. I am so glad that she was able to enjoy her life with family and friends right up to the end. Blessed be her memory.
Brian Davidson Oct 16 2016 12:00 AM
We were fortunate to see aunt Prudence last Saturday for Arlene's 90th birthday. Prudence said she was so happy that everyone was there. She was always glad to have family gatherings. She lived to be 106 and had 10 decades of memories too share. We bless her life, and our memories. Bruce & Mary Davidson Brian and Joely Madsen
Bruce Davidson Oct 15 2016 12:00 AM