Doris Marie Prinsen, 94, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Preston, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Hospice of Arizona (Greenfield House) in Mesa.

She was born in Preston May 21, 1919, to John and Mary (Ledeboer) Brusse. She attended school in Preston and worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as a telephone operator for six years.

She married Carroll Vernon Prinsen Sept. 3, 1941, at the Cherry Grove parsonage. They farmed in the Cherry Grove area until 1955. They bought the grocery store in Greenleafton, which they operated as Prinsen's Grocery for 18 years. In 1973, the couple moved to Preston, where she worked at Ebert's Hardware for six years. She then retired and helped her husband with custodial jobs and also babysat. They lived in Arizona for a year from 2001-2002, but returned to Preston.

In December of 2011, she made her home with her granddaughter, Amy, in Apache Junction.

She was president of the Cherry Grove Ladies Aid for a number of years and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Greenleafton Reformed Church for over 50 years and enjoyed crafts and making cards.

She is survived by two granddaughters, Amy (Greg Heimann) Hightower and Karen (Jon) Nyberg of Apache Junction; a great-grandson, Nash Nyberg, of Apache Junction; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll, on Feb. 5, 2008, their only child, Diane Hightower, a brother, Lloyd Brusse, and a sister, Evelyn Apenhorst.

Funeral services were Monday at the Greenleafton Reformed Church in Greenleafton with the Rev. Roger Lokker officiating. Burial was in the Greenleafton Cemetery

Memorials are suggested to Greenleafton Reformed Church, Fillmore County Cancer Society, Fillmore County Food Shelf or Hospice of Arizona (Greenfield House) in Mesa.

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