Dorothy Ann Christine (Nelson) Jenkins, 79, Montana

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Dorothy Ann Christine (Nelson) Jenkins, age 79, passed away in the early morning hours of July 6, 2013. She died of complications during cancer treatment.

She was born January 10, 1934, in Halliday, North Dakota. She was one of six children born to Nels and Marie (Charvat) Nelson.

Dot was raised in Zimmerman, Minn. and graduated high school in 1952. She then graduated from Swedish Hospital of Nursing, Minneapolis in 1955. Pursuing her nursing career she worked at the University Hospital of Minnesota, Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena and with Dr. R.S. Buswell Allergy Clinic. She also worked at the Saudi Arabia Air Defense forces Clinic in Jeddah.

Dot married Gary W. Jenkins in 1955 and had two children Karin and Grady. A wonderful wife and mother, she kept herself busy with home, family, grandkids, holidays and summers at the lake cabin in Minnesota. Always happy and positive and loved dearly by all.

Dot is survived by her husband, Gary; her two children Karin Moore, Grady, his wife Cynthia (Petee) and their two children George and Libby; sisters, Betty (Sis) Anderson of Bozeman, Montana, Karin Olson of Beaverton, Oregon; and brother Richard Nelson of Elk River as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Marie T. Nelson and Nels F. Nelson; two siblings, Willis and Ewald.

The family wishes to extend our sincere gratitude to the caring and wonderful staff at St. Peters Hospital Oncology wing. Exceptional.

They received friends on Wednesday July 10, 2013, from 4-6 p.m. at Retz Funeral home, Helena, Mont. A graveside service was Thursday, July 11, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery. Memorials in Dot’s name are suggested to St. Peters Hospice, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601 and The Salvation Army, 1905 Henderson, Helena, MT 59601. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Dot.