Nancy Eileen Dusenberry, 79, passed away suddenly at the Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bozeman on May 27, 2009.
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Nancy Eileen Dusenberry was born in Davenport, Iowa, on January 12, 1930, to Marguerite and Rudolf Fredersdorff.
She moved to Montana with her family and after graduating from Gallatin County High School, (which she completed in three years) enrolled in Kinman Business College and graduated with a legal transcription degree.
On March 21, 1949, she married Maurice Dale Dusenberry. In 1952, they purchased their ranch on Cottonwood Road from her stepfather, Grover Wortman. Together, they raised cattle, horses, sheep and cats. Nancy loved her horses and cats.
Through the years Nancy worked for several attorneys and law office firms including: H.A. Bolinger; Drysdale, Anderson & Sabo and James A. McLean. When employed as a legal secretary, she took great pride in being very meticulous and showed perfection in every detail as well as specializing in probate law, teaching and mentoring new employees.
Her interests included raising horses, photography, writing, dancing, entering contests as well as training her pet cats to walk on a tight rope. She particularly loved the "Snoopy" character by Charles Schultz. In her spare time she would write novels and had one published.
In 1983, she suffered from a debilitating stroke which kept her from doing many of the things she so enjoyed in life. The past eight years she spent in Birchwood and Evergreen Rehabilitation Center and was a member of the United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marguerite and Rudolf Fredersdorff; stepfathers, Grover Wortman and Art Bartosch; and husband, Maurice Dale Dusenberry, all of Bozeman.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Margaret Dusenberry, of Bozeman; first cousin, Nora Fredersdorff Dinse (Larry) of Napoleon, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
At her request, no formal funeral services will be held, however, a simple celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. June 3, 2009, at the United Methodist Church, 121 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman.
In Nancy's memory, she has requested that, In lieu of flowers or sympathy cards and when the weather permits, flower seeds, bulbs or trees or shrubs are planted somewhere. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 31, 2009