Doris Ione Fenenga


May 27, 1917 - December 24, 2011


Doris Ione (Timmins) Fenenga was born at home in Mitchell, South Dakota, on May 27, 1917 to William and Hester (Cattrell) Timmins. Doris grew up in Mitchell, attended Lincoln and Litchfield elementary schools, Mitchell junior high and graduated in 1935 from Mitchell high school. During high school she worked at Roxy Theatre as an usherette and after graduation was employed by J.J. Newberry Co. for a number of years. During the war years, Doris lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Elyria, Ohio; Oberlin, Ohio; and Muskegon, Michigan.

After the war she returned to Mitchell where she was again employed by Newberry’s. It was at that time she met the love of her life Therlow Fenenga and they were married on May 29, 1948. After their marriage she moved to the Fenenga family farm/ranch at Hamill, South Dakota, and lived there until she, Therlow and their family moved to Winner. While in Winner she served as the president of the Hospital Auxiliary for a number of years and also served on the Board of Directors for the Winner Hospital. She was the member of several bridge clubs, served as den mother for her son’s Boy Scout troop as well as being involved in her two daughter’s activities. She loved to bake and made and decorated many beautiful birthday and wedding cakes for her family and friends. She also enjoyed making special meals for family celebrations. Doris spent many hours in her yards and had beautiful flower gardens at each home where she lived. She loved animals and drew beautifully.

In 1988, after the death of her husband, she returned to Mitchell to live closer to her brother and sister. While there she was the president of the Sojourner’s bridge club for many years. She enjoyed playing the piano and while in Mitchell won a contest for composing an original song. In 2007 her home was badly damaged in a natural gas explosion and she moved to Wesley Acres at that time. In January of 2011 Doris moved back to Winner to again be closer to her son and his family.

She was a member of the Methodist Church in both Winner and Mitchell.

Doris is survived by her three children and their spouses Glenda (Allen) Miller; Tom (Janet) Fenenga; and Barb (Roger) Legge. She is also survived by six grandchildren Clay (Jennie) Fenenga; Ann (Scott) Powers; Brad (Tara) Fenenga; Tim Miller; Ryan Legge; Laura Legge; and 4 great grandchildren Derek Fenenga, Jori Fenenga, Wyatt Powers, Sutton Powers and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Therlow in 1988, her sister Frances (Morley) Pearson; her brother William (Alice) Timmins; her brothers-in-law, Donovan and Blain (Dorothy) Fenenga and sister-in-law, Florence (Marvin) Broline.


None Scheduled


Wednesday, December 28, 2011
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Winner Cemetery
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 3:00 PM
Winner, South Dakota

Posted by Barbara Horton on December 31, 2011
Doris and my mother, Wilma Schlimgen, were good friends. My mother's conversations often started with "Doris and I................." I My mother passed away in 2004. I like to think they are in a much better place and being kept very busy with catching up on the past few years. Doris was a beautiful lady and I will always remember her for her compassion toward animals.
Posted by Melissa Dennis on December 28, 2011
It was a pleasure taking care of Doris during her stay at Winner Regional Hospital. I will miss her happy and gentle spirit. YOu have my deepest condolences.
Posted by Steve & Cheryl Nothdurft on December 27, 2011
We had the pleasure of meeting Doris through her trips to the hills with Tom & Janet. What a special lady she was. We are so glad we were able to visit with her the last time she was able to make it here. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Doris's family, we know she will be missed.
Posted by Lee Pickart on December 27, 2011
Doris was one of my dearest friends for over 35 yrs. At first we didn't think we liked each other until we got together thru a mutual friend and talked. We realized we really did like each other. She was like a mother to me and a confidant. My husband and I thoroughly loved Doris & Ther both. I will miss her very much.
Posted by Richard & VeeAnne (Williamson) Sykora on December 27, 2011
Doris was a very close friend of my mother, Dorothy Gurney Williamson, since their high school years. My parents visited Doris and Ther in Winner many times and they, in return, visited Wayne and Dorothy in Huron. (There was even a dog-sitting event)
I have enjoyed corresponding with Doris ever since I learned of her location at the time of her 90th birthday.
Doris was a beautiful, intelligent and hospitable person. She dearly loved Ther and her children.
Posted by Steve and Janet Molstad on December 26, 2011
We were sorry to hear of your mom's death. Our most sincere sympathy to your family.
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