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Jennie Whitman

May 4, 1925-Oct. 24, 2012

October 27, 2012
Minot Daily News

Jennie Whitman, 87, Bismarck, died Oct. 24, 2012, in a Bismarck hospital.

Jennie Begay was born May 4, 1925, at Shiprock, N.M. Jennie had a heritage of being part of a major clan recognized by the Navajo people (Dine) ~ the Tachinii Clan (Red Ring Around The Water Edge People); she was born for Ashiini Clan (from her father).

She attended school at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, Ariz. She then attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., where she completed her high school education. Jennie enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and was stationed in Dallas. She was honorably discharged in 1945.

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Jennie continued her education in Lawton, Okla., where she graduated from the Nurse Aide School at Kiowa Hospital on May 27, 1947. She relocated to Elbowoods and worked as a nurse for Dr. Herbert Wilson at Elbowoods Hospital.

Jennie married Albert Whitman Sr. on Nov. 10, 1949, in Washburn.

They both lived and worked at the hospital in Elbowoods until the Garrison Dam was completed and they were relocated to Mandaree in 1954. Jennie worked as a substitute postmaster in Mandaree and was also the secretary/treasurer for the Mandaree School Board. She also worked as a teacher's aide at Mandaree Elementary school and ultimately was recruited by her nephew, J.C. Whitman, who worked for the University of North Dakota encouraging aides to become teachers. Jennie received her bachelor of science in education from UND on May 12, 1974. Jennie taught at Mandaree until retiring in 1982.

Jennie enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, sewing and classical music.

She played the piano and made sure her children learned to play, too. Reading was one of her favorite pastimes. Her love of teaching touched many lives over the years.

Jennie will be deeply missed by her daughters, Orbanna Whitman and Jaymee Hoffer (Todd), both of Bismarck; son, Clifton Whitman, of New Town; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sons, Albert "AA" Jr. and Wade; parents; brother, Jimmy; and sister, Lucy Ann.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the New Horizons Unit at the Baptist Home of Bismarck. We would also like to include the nurses and CNA's at Sanford Medical Center of Bismarck.

Funeral: today, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Mandaree.

Burial: St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Mandaree.

Online condolences may be shared at (

(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)



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