Jeanine (Willman) Cornelison

(Oct. 27, 1935 - June 7, 2022)


Jeanine (Willman) Cornelison, 86, passed away at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana, on June 7, 2022. 

Jeanine was born in Great Falls, Montana, on Oct. 27, 1935, to Ruth (Ellis) Willman and Knute Willman. She lived in Billings, Montana, as a little girl. Knute worked on highways so the family moved around a lot during her childhood. 

Jeanine had her only son, Douglas Cornelison, on Dec. 29, 1958, in Billings, Montana. Not long after Doug was born, Jeanine moved to Powell, where she worked as an elementary school teacher. In 1977 Jeanine and Doug had the opportunity to live in Germany for two years, while she taught on the military base. During this time, Jeanine enjoyed travels around Europe. 

Jeanine moved back to Billings after she retired. She very much enjoyed being a grandmother to her granddaughters, Katelin and Reesa, by taking them camping in the RV during the summers. Jeanine also had the opportunity to watch her great-granddaughter, Julianna, complete kindergarten. 

Jeanine was very artistic, enjoying photography and water painting. She enjoyed traveling the country in her RV during her retirement. She mostly enjoyed spending time with friends and family. 

Jeanine was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Knute Willman. 

She is survived by her son Douglas Cornelison; granddaughters, Katelin (Alec) Cornelison and Reesa Cornelison; and her great-granddaughter Julianna Nay. Her family will miss her very much. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 10 a.m., at American Lutheran (5 Lewis Ave, Billings, MT 59101). Jeanine absolutely loved the color blue, so anyone attending is encouraged to wear blue in honor of Jeanine.