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Doris Danenhour

January 27, 1926 ~ May 1, 2018 (age 92)

Doris “Miyuki” Nakano Danenhour passed away on May 1, 2018 at the age of 92.

Born in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska on January 27, 1926. 

Doris was raised on the family farm in Scottsbluff, Nebraska until she was 12 yrs old. At that time, her parents decided to return to Japan with her sister Florence, who passed away after the family moved to Japan. Doris struggled to fit into Japanese culture during a very difficult time. In 1938 Doris's father sold the family farm in Nebraska & relocated his family back to his homeland of Japan. There her father retired & lived to be 96 yrs old & her mother 86 yrs old.

Doris met her husband when she was a child in Nebraska. George Brown Danenhour, Jr. (7 years older then Doris at the time) was Barn Storming as the military did back in the day. They landed their plane on the property of a neighboring farm as Doris recalls when she was a child.  It was a brief encounter with the love of her life, her future husband. Almost 10 years later in Japan, Doris worked for the USA civil service due to her citizenship of birth. On an evening of watching a USA local softball game Doris was sitting in the bleachers & her friend said this young US Army Capt. Danenhour would give her a ride home. They had a destiny & met as Doris was a young woman now & a relationship soon blossomed. Doris married George "Dan" and they had three children.

When Doris moved back to the Monterey Peninsula back in the 60’s, she worked for the Presidio of Monterey and transferred to Fort Ord's Leadership Academy & retired from this position as their Administrative Assistant. Her husband was stationed at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey in the mid 50’s. She loved the Peninsula.

Her two sons were very active in sports & she would attend every game, every sports meet or even just watching her son George surfing in Pacific Grove. She was a devoted & dedicated mother. She was always there for her 3 children & stayed close to them all till the day she left this earth.

Doris was well known to all who knew her. Her smile, her generous personality & her giving heart were only some of her best qualities! Doris was a pistol of energy into her 90's even driving till she was 90. She was kind, thoughtful & the spirit of every gathering. 

After retiring, Doris taught Japanese & piano to young military families' children & would have recitals for her young pianists at Christmas. In addition to her many talents, Doris was also an accomplished oil paint artist. Her family is blessed to have several of her paintings.

Doris made many friends over the years & always remained their friend for life.  

The last 20 years of her life she made sure that all her friends, their spouses & their children & siblings always had flowers on their grave sites each Spring, Summer, Fall & Christmas. She did this with true love for those who had left us. Her daughter use to call those outings to the cemetery as "cemetery hopping".  It was a joy for Doris to pay her respect to those who had passed on.  She was a one of a kind gem, a true friend, a loving wife & loving mother.  

Preceded in death by her parents "Tom" Makataro Nakano & Kimi Hayashi Nakano, sister Florance “Flossy” Midori Nakano, her husband Major George "Dan" Brown Danenhour, Jr., US Army retired, her son George M. Danenhour & her granddaughter Sarah Russell Danenhour Landsford. 

Doris leaves behind 2 children, Donald & Diana, her son-in-law, Ron Riley, 1 granddaughter Tiffany Danenhour Miller, 2 step grandchildren Daniel & Leigha Riley, 4 great-granddaughters Livada Sydney Miller, Lila Bleu Miller, Kelly Russell Callahan, Amy Russell & 1 great-great-grandson Damian Russell with another great-great-grandchild expected this Fall.

In remembrance of Doris, she has asked for no funeral service & she wishes any donations to be given to the Monterey County SPCA, due to her love for animals.

SPCA, P.O. Box 3050, Monterey, CA 93942-3058.

The family wishes to thank all who gave their time, attention & care to Doris. The medical staffs of both the VNA Palliative Care Team, Central Coast Hospice staff & the Westland House staff. Lastly, her family wants to thank her caring doctor Cassandra Ohlsen, MD & the staff for many many years of care. Thanks also go out to Bermudez Family Mortuary for the respectful & delicate care of our mother. 

We were blessed for 92 years.

She will be missed by many!

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