Nathalia “Dolli” <I>Koch</I> Vanderford

Nathalia “Dolli” Koch Vanderford

Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Death 14 Oct 2016 (aged 99)
Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
Memorial ID 173478904 · View Source
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Nathalia “Dolli” Vanderford was born in Ritzville, on Oct. 14, 1917, six years after her parents, Frederick Koch and Susannah Juckert, emigrated from the German colony of Kolb, Russia.

The fourth of 10 children and the last to die, Dolli died on her 99th birthday, Oct. 14, in Yakima.

Dolli retired as a training supervisor with AT&T, but in the course of a colorful life, she also worked as a beautician and a telephone operator. During WWII, she was a Rosie the Riveter at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane.

When she was 40, she discovered yoga, and as a result, she said, “It changed my whole life.” She became a practitioner of Mazdaznan and a follower of Paramahansa Yogananda, who preached reincarnation.

Although married three times, Dolli had no children. Instead, she had 24 nieces and nephews, and she kept in close contact with most of them. Every child should have an aunt like Dolli.

She would arrive at our farms or in our small towns from San Francisco in a whirl of glamor. She played the ukulele for sing-alongs, taught us how to stand on our heads, shared her elegant clothes with our mothers, laughed a lot, and called us her “little darlin’s.”

Dolli told us, “We have a body, a mind, and a spirit, and they have to work together.” She believed that in this lifetime she had reached her final reincarnation, and we fervently hope she was right.

Dolli was preceded in death by nine siblings (Lawrence, Sarah, Rudolph, Berthold, Walter, Olga, Reuben, Geraldine, and Thelma), five nephews, one niece, and her third husband, Robert Vanderford. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, for whom she was special.

ref: Ritzville Journal, 24 Nov 2016

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