Gertrude Margaret Babcock

102, formerly of Faith died November 7, 2022 at Spearfish Canyon Healthcare.
Gertrude was born August 30, 1920 in Linton, North Dakota to Levi and Wilhemena (Ostrum) Henderson.  She graduated from Linton High School in 1939.
Gertie married Nels Babcock on April 26, 1943 in Dupree, SD.  The couple remained at Eagle Butte where Nels was forman of the Diamond A Cattle Company.  In 1946 they moved to the Horseshoe Ranch north of Glenham, South Dakota. In 1951 they moved back to Eagle Butte on A Bear Creek where the couple started ranching on their own.  After one winter they moved back to Mobridge where Gertie worked for the Singer Store and JC Penney Store. They purchased Gertie’s uncles ranch, Will Ostrum’s Ranch at Selfridge, North Dakota and Gertie, remained working in Mobridge until the house was finished in 1960.  They lived on the ranch for several years until selling the ranch in 1967 when they moved to Faith.  Gertie worked in the Faith Sale Barn office for several years.
Gertie loved sewing and made her own clothing and Nel’s western shirts and pajamas.  She was always well dressed. They traveled many miles with their camper following Nel’s retirement and traveled 7 continents with the Stock Growers Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nels Babcock; sisters, Lucille Fitchell and June McLellan; brothers, Harvey “Bud” Henderson, William Henderson, Jack Henderson and Leslie Henderson; niece, Laurie Arrowsmith; nephews, Larry Henderson, Robert Henderson, Jonathan Pharzen and Paul Henderson.
She is survived by her nieces, Sharon (Gerald) Marks of Missoula, MT, Marian (Jim) Schmidt of Alzada, MT, Pam (Bill) Wahlfeldt of Sturgis, SD, Barbara Henderson and Doris (David) Ripley of Beaverton, OR; nephews, Gene Henderson of Livingston, MT, Steve (Alice) Henderson of Wasilla, AK and Charles Henderson of Connecticut.
Graveside services will be held today, Wednesday, November 16 at 11:00 am at the Faith Cemetery in Faith, South Dakota with Reverend Evelyn Weaver officiating.  A Luncheon and sharing of memories will follow at the Community Action Team Building.  
Casketbearers will be Cleve Schmidt, Clete Schmidt, Casen Schmidt, Jeremy Meeks, Traden Meeks, Hazen Meeks, Scott Vance and Brad Vance.
Arrangements are under the care of Kline Funeral Chapel of Belle Fourche.  An online guest book is available at The family suggests memorials to the Faith Fire Department.


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