Doris Mae Leininger was born on May 16, 1938, in Ambrose, N. D., the second child of parents Thorvold and Marie Nelson, who were both direct descendants of Danish immigrants. She grew up on the family farm in Daneville, N. D., where she attended a one room schoolhouse. Her high school education was completed at Westby High School in Westby, Mont. She continued her education at Montana State University in Bozeman where she graduated with a degree in nursing.
Doris married Larry Leininger at Daneville Community Church in 1957 and moved to Billings where she lived and raised their three children Lance, Tim, and Dean.
The early days were filled chasing her three boys through their various Little League baseball, American Legion Baseball, and high school basketball activities. Doris was an avid card player and spent many hours playing cards at the dining room table with whichever friends and relatives were available. She especially enjoyed playing cards with her eight grandchildren and became a Life Master bridge player.
The entire Leininger family was especially fond of their frequent get aways to the family cabin in Red Lodge. They all loved the outdoors, hiking, hunting, and fishing.
The kitchen was a familiar place to find Doris where, as an accomplished cook, many family feasts were prepared. Doris tolerated the boys’ hunting trips and willingly prepared the latest catch with a smile, except when she said, “No more damn sage hens!” However, she always prepared them with love.
Doris was an active Hospice Volunteer and a loyal member of the King of Glory Lutheran Church. Memorials should be sent to the King of Glory Lutheran Church in Billings.
Doris is survived by her husband Larry Leininger; her sons Lance (Sue Ann) of Poway, Calif., Tim (Conni) of Keuterville, Idaho, Dean (Chrissy) of Billings; her eight grandchildren Brian, Drew, Heidi, Greg, Kendra, Jordan, Evan, and Elyssa; and her siblings Marvin Nelson, and Eileen (Warren) Overgaard of Westby, Mont.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents Thorvold and Marie Nelson; and infant sister Betty Jean.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at King of Glory Lutheran Church; 4125 Grand Ave.