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Doris Hendrickson 1942 – 2024

It is with sad hearts overflowing with joyous faith, that we are able to say that our beloved Doris D. (Patson) Hendrickson, age 82 has gone to be with the Lord. Doris passed away February 29, 2024 due to complications of experiencing a stroke. She went peacefully at her home in Billings, MT in the company of family and loved ones. Doris and her daughter had recently moved back to Montana from Arizona, desiring to be closer to family.
Doris was born January 24, 1942 in Wadena to Edwin Patson and Elma (Nevala) Patson. She spent a large part of her early life in Menahga. Doris married Leonard “Buddy” Hendrickson and raised four children: Conway Hendrickson, Todd Hendrickson, Troy Hendrickson and Celestine (Hendrickson) Noble.
After retirement in 2012, Doris moved to Arizona and lived with Celest and her husband for 12 years in Wickenburg, AZ until February of 2024.
Doris is survived by her sons: Conway, and Troy; and daughter Celestine, her eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Doris is preceded in death by her parents, husband Buddy and son Todd.
We count it a blessing that Doris was active and independent up until her passing. She was still driving her personal vehicle anywhere she wanted to go. Because of this Doris will always be remembered just as she was, not sick and in need of care. Doris had an opinionated, matter of fact style and personality that was as unique as a fingerprint. Non-filtered honesty and subtle sarcasm coupled with a quick witted, deep cutting truth would either endear you to her, or feel like root canal, but she never lied to you and you always knew where you stood with her. Conversely, Doris could be the kindest person at times. Her generosity was seldom matched in as much as if she could do it for you, she would, or if she had it, she would give it to you. Always, without hesitation she was there when you needed her and would drop everything to help you. She was as dependable as the sunrise and as loyal as a Legionnaire, with a regimented lifestyle that was unwavering in her personal convictions. She had the uncanny ability to survive for years on a diet of nothing but a couple of chicken strips and half of a chocolate chip cookie. Quick with advice and even quicker with hugs and apologies. She didn’t always say it, but you knew if Doris loved you, and you really knew it if she didn’t. She was a true original and will be missed. They just don’t make them like that anymore.3-13pd

1 Comment

  1. Doris Suvanto on March 26, 2024 at 8:28 am

    I will miss my friend . When we went to school in menahga .she would have slumber parties at her parents home in menahga. Great girls night
    When I drove to Arizona I would meet her for lunch
    Last time I spoke to my friend
    I was in Laughlin AZ
    Called her and she said she had moved and living with her daughter
    🙏 prayers to her beautiful family
    RIP my friend

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