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Doreen Nelson Tenney
11/19/1933 — 03/18/2010
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Phoenix, AZ
Doreen Nelson Tenney
Doreen Nelson Tenney
Born 19 November 1933 to David Sanders Nelson and Martha Elizabeth Fuller in Phoenix Arizona, died 18 March, 2010 in Richland Washington. She was married to Wayne Pratt Tenney 5 June 1952 in Mesa Arizona, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple. Wayne died in 1999. She is survived by her two sisters, Donna Nelson Wright of Mesa Arizona and Noreen Nelson Taylor Larry of Richland Washington, and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thayer and Sunset Richland. Graveside services will be in the Thatcher Arizona Cemetery.
Doreen held BA and MA degrees in Microbiology from the University of Utah with 1 and 1/2years of Post Graduate study in Micro- biology at Rutgers University. She worked at Barbizon in Provo and as a secretary in the Placement Department at the University of Texas to help support Wayne in his Academic Pursuits. She worked for twenty years in the laboratory as a Microbiologist at the Utah Valley Medical Center in Provo, Utah.
She was a Docent for the Museum of Art Exhibit, Imperial tomes of China. Wayne and Doreen loved their dogs, first Buddy and Duchess and then Duke and Yoda. She served in many church callings, Primary teacher, Pianist, visiting teacher and teachers' coordinator, Relief Society Counselor and Compassionate service leader, Family History Extraction worker and temple names organizer.
Since 2004 she has lived at Wynwood where she has made many friends with both the residents and staff. As a member of the Sunset Ward she has enjoyed the companionship of those in the congregation.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Einan's Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 11:00am at the LDS Thayer Chapel in Richland with visitation that will be held prior to service at 10:00am. The graveside services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Thatcher Cemetery in Thatcher, AZ.
As I read Doreen’s obituary last night I was taken back 49 years to our first year in the dorm together at BYU. I remember such good times with you both. I loved going to Phoenix for Doreen’s wedding, having you come to Kemmerer, WY, you shooting your toe, & memories of Doreen & Wayne in New York City. I gather she was in a care center the last part of her life. I had no idea she lived and worked in Provo, which is very close to me. I would love to touch base with you again. Please e-mail me or better still give me a call at 801-423-1072. You have my sympathy in the loss of your sister. It is very unsettling to have someone your age, that you lived with in college & have not seen for many years, suddenly appear in the paper. I really want to touch base with you again before it is too late. I send you my love & deepest sympathy.
Joan Wainwright Christensen Hahn
I am sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Doreen. She was very compassionate throughout her life. I enjoyed visiting her at UVMC in her lab and at there home while I attended BYU. They were always so welcoming to me. She was always thoughtful and my condolences to her family at this time.
We will miss our sweet Aunt Doreen. I am so glad Brian and I were able to spend some time with her and Uncle Wayne during our years @ BYU in the early ’80’s. I remember well a wonderful meal she prepared for us of New York Strip Steaks and cantaloupe w/vanilla ice cream in the center – what a treat for us starving college students. We will miss you, Aunt Doreen.
As Dianne Stone and I are sitting in the lab this Sunday morning sharing our memories of working with Doreen in the lab at Utah Valley Hospital, we are flooded with many close and very fond times
both in the lab and outside of the lab spent with Doreen. One of the things we often still share as we work together is the often reminder by Doreen when the numbers of either the time or the date were in a unique numerical sequence. She was our “in house numerologist”. She was a wonderful friend and coworker.
I, like Dianne, used to love to get her cards and talk with her on the phone although Dianne was much better at communicating on a more frequent basis. I especially remember the eventful day of taking Buddy, her dog, to their house and still have a double picture of Doreen & Buddy on one side and Wayne on the other. The young Hills family when our first two daughters were little remember several barbecues with her Dad what a character with lots of wonderful storiesand Wayne.
Doreen, til we meet again–you are loved and will be missed by my family and especially myself.
I am so sorry to hear of Doreen’s passing. She was the kindest, most generous person I have ever known. Once in a while you work with someone who becomes very special to you. This was Doreen. No matter where life took her I knew that she was my friend. She had an uncanny way of knowing when a letter or a phone call was most needed. I loved her for it. I mourn her loss and will miss her dearly.
Thank you for taking such good care of her. It’s easy to understand why Doreen was so nice. She comes from that kind of family.
Please accept my sincere sympathy at your loss and my prayers for your peace and continued good health.