Alyce Ione (Stuen) Christenson

Alyce Ione (Stuen) Christenson was born on March 30, 1934 into a large farm family with nine children in rural Yankton County during the Great Depression. Alyce married Jon (Jack) Randolph Jacobsen in the early 1950s. They started a family of five of their own, moving first from South Dakota to California, then to Pierre, and ultimately to Vermillion, SD in the early 1960s, when Jack went into business at the Broadcaster Press, a local advertisement paper. After a divorce in the early 1970s, Alyce married Eugene (Bud) Christenson, who had two adult daughters of his own and was well known in the Vermillion community as the co-owner of Tom and Buds Super Valu. Their life’s task now was to form a blended family. The seven children between them over time were loved and supported enough to strike off on their own and thrive while Alyce and Buds marriage continued for the next thirty-seven years. Success in business allowed Alyce and Bud to transition from life in Vermillion to retirement in Mesa, Arizona. Even then, three of Alyces own five offspring eventually moved with their loved ones to Arizona to be close to her and Bud for many of their retirement years. Meanwhile, their other adult children still far away, whether in Vermillion, Anchorage, or Boston, visited them often. Even in retirement, their blended family home remained an active place of living, eating, drinking, loving, and reconnecting. Bud died of heart failure in 2009. Alyce continued to welcome and connect with her blended families, their children, and even some great grandchildren so their retirement home in Mesa could be a haven for them all. Alyce was preceded in death by her father Emanuel Stuen in 1975 and her mother Anna (Lee) Stuen in 1995 as well as her siblings Don Stuen, Ann Schindel, Chester Stuen, Bud Stuen and Glenn Stuen. She was also preceded in death by two beloved grandsons, Michael Groves and Matthew Hollingsworth in 2003. Alyce is survived by 5 children and 2 bonus daughters: Kathy (Ron) Hanson of Arizona, Susan (Steve) Groves of Arizona, David (Cindy) Jacobsen of Boston, Laura (Tom) Hollingsworth of Vermillion, Karen (Patrick) Sullivan of Arizona, Jan (Richard) Slattery of Anchorage, Alaska and Trudy (Larry) Anthofer of Vermillion. Alyce's love expanded with 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was also survived by one brother, Larry Stuen of Simi Valley CA and two sisters: Ruth White of Joplin, MO and Eunice Bride of West Covina, CA.A graveside service with Alyces ashes will be held in late July in Vermillion, SD under the leadership of Rev. Teri Johnson of First UMC Vermillion, where the family attended church for many years.

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