Doris M. Nelson


Doris Mae (Hanson) Nelson was born on September 6, 1940, in Bottineau, ND, to Leonard and Lillie (Grover) Hanson.  Doris went to school in Bottineau, ND.  She worked as a nurse’s aide and a beautician while living in Bottineau.  She married Kenneth A. Nelson on July 22, 1961, in Bismarck, ND.  They lived in Bottineau and Minot before coming back to Bismarck.  She worked as a beautician and for State Radio Communications in Bismarck before retiring.

Doris is survived by her three sons:  James (Marie) and Kevin of Bismarck, and Keith (Linda) of West Fargo; her four grandchildren:  Cody (Tyann) of Spencer, IA, Cassey (Alex) Stockton of Bowling Green, KY, Lane (Ashley Tritthardt) of Iowa City, IA, Haakon of Fargo, ND; a great-granddaughter; two sisters:  Olive Cote of Holmen, WI, and Arlys Velebir of Laguna Niguel, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth, who passed away on July 16, 2001; twin sons, Bobby and Tim; sisters, Carol Nelson, Eunice Mayer, and Frances Opstedal; brother, Arlen, brothers-in-law Clinton Nelson, Jim Velebir and Emede Cote.

Doris was well liked by neighbors, coworkers and anyone that she encountered outside her home.  She enjoyed keeping in contact with relatives and would contact family by telephone every night.  Family has missed those daily calls.  She would write letters to family and family still has some of those letters to treasure.  She offered advice when asked.  She would help her children and grandchildren when needed.  Her three oldest grandchildren spent a lot of time at her home while their parents were working.  Doris had a very generous nature and a good sense of humor.  She loved to go out to eat.  Her favorite restaurant was Jack’s Steakhouse.  The staff there even knew what she wanted to drink and could just about predict what she was going to have for her meal.  And don’t even try to pay for dinner as she always wanted to do that and made sure that she got the check before you could pick it up.

She will be missed by those that knew her.

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