Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow (/
|Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow|
May 23, 1877|
Burr Oak, Iowa, U.S.
November 10, 1941 (aged 64)|
Manchester, South Dakota, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications from diabetes|
|Resting place||De Smet Cemetery|
Nathan William Dow|
(m. 1901; her death 1941)
Caroline Quiner Ingalls
Mary Ingalls (sister)|
Laura Ingalls Wilder (sister)
Carrie Ingalls (sister)
Rose Wilder Lane (niece)
Almanzo Wilder (brother-in-law)
Following public school, Grace Ingalls studied to become a schoolteacher. After completing her training, she taught in the nearby town of Manchester, South Dakota, seven miles west of De Smet, South Dakota, where her family had settled. On October 16, 1901, she married Nathan William Dow in the parlor of her parents' home in De Smet. Aside from being a farm wife, Dow dabbled in journalism like her older sister Carrie, acting as a stringer for several local newspapers later in her life. After her parents' deaths, she and her older sister, Carrie, took care of their eldest sister Mary, who was blind.
Dow died of complications from diabetes in Manchester, South Dakota, on November 10, 1941 at the age of 64. Diabetes ran in the Ingalls family and Laura, Carrie, and Grace all would die from the complications of the disease. Dow was the first of the Ingalls siblings to succumb to the ailment. She is buried in the Ingalls family plot at De Smet Cemetery in De Smet, South Dakota; her husband is buried next to her. The couple had no children.
In the mediaEdit
Dow was portrayed in the television adaptations of Little House on the Prairie by:
- Uncredited children at first and then twins Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh in the television series Little House on the Prairie
- Courtnie Bull and Lyndee Probst in Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Part 1 movie.