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.