Quale, Lillian "Deedee" (Gunderson)
Lillian was born at home at the Gunderson farm outside of Watford City, North Dakota, on May 10, 1912 ... one month after the Titanic went down. She "went home to North Dakota" on August 31, 2016, after 104 years, three months, and 21 days, having lived through world changing events ... world wars, amazing inventions and discoveries. She was the only one in her family of eight siblings who did not contract influenza in 1918, though all survived. She said her father, "T.O." Gunderson, owned the first car in McKenzie county. She rode her horse to teach at a one-room schoolhouse, and opened the Quale-T Beautyshop after she married Warner R. Quale. Warner and Deedee lived mot of their married life in Bismarck, North Dakota where they raised their family and welcomed grandchildren. Eventually, after Warner's death, she went to spend her last years with Wanda, who, with loving care nurtured her until her long burning light went out. Lillian is preceded in death by her parents, Thorvald and Gina (Mattson) Gunderson; husband, Warner; and stillborn great-grandson, Leif. She is survived by her sister, Edna "Lulu" Nordstrom of Phoeniz, AZ; three daughters, Brenda Foat, Paula (John) Swanson, and Wanda Quale; six grandchildren, Zachary, Gina, Erik, Brandon, Kaja, and Zoe; seven great-grandchildren, Iver, August, Lillian, Hector, Levi, Eero, and Asa. Services and interment will take place in Bismarck, North Dakota.
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