Dorothy Mae Nelson (Hengl)
Dorothy (Dottie) passed away at the age of 89 at home on August 15, 2013 after a courageous struggle with multiple myeloma, joining her husband of 47 years who preceded her in death. She was born on August 11, 1924 to Frank and Sophia Hengl in Sidney, NE. Dorothy met Albert V. Nelson, a WWII Navy veteran in 1947 while living with her older sister in Bremerton, WA. After a short romantic courtship they were married. Together they raised their three children at various duty locations where her beloved Al was stationed during his 26-year Navy career. These included Moffit Field, CA, Barbers Point, HI, Kingsville, TX, Subic Bay, Philippines, and Imperial Beach, CA where Al retired in 1969. Shortly before Al retired, she started working at the North Island Naval Air Station Base Exchange in Coronado, CA and eventually helped manage the Hardware Department. Retiring in 1983, she and Al took frequent trips to Las Vegas (where she loved to play the nickel slot machines), and visit their children who were scattered over the United States. After Al passed away in 1994, she settled down and became a "stay-at-home" fixture in the Imperial Beach neighborhood. For health reasons, Dottie moved to Tucson, AZ in March 2010 to be under the care of her son and daughter-in-law while she recovered from a bout of severe pneumonia. She made a full recovery, but her health continued to decline as other medical issues began to drain her of her strength. Most of her joy came from the simple things such as short outings, enjoying a "Flying Saucer" at Jalisco's Cafe, going out for a Friday night fish dinner at Laverna's, daily telephone calls with her daughter, and taking in the afternoon cheap seat movies on Tuesday's. Dorothy enjoyed watching her San Diego Padres and Chargers when they were on TV. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister, Clara and brother, Virgil. She is survived by two sons and a daughter, Stewart and Michaela Nelson of Las Vegas, NV, Gale and Carolyn Nelson of Tucson, AZ, and Marcella and Barry Tripp of Colville, WA. She is survived by three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sister, Joyce and brothers, Adolph, Clyde, Harold, LaVern and Wayne. Per her wishes, no private services are planned. Final interment will be with her husband at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers or gifts, charitable contributions may be made in her name to Nestor United Methodist Church of San Diego, CA or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL.