Dorothy Kofler died May 31, 2016, at the Washington Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla. Dorothy Jean Skidmore Kofler was born on May 27, 1922, to parents Loyd Mero, a Mayflower descendant, and Marie DeGrief Skidmore of Colville, Wash.
She and her brother, Robert, attended the historic rural Orin Schoolhouse. Upon graduation from Colville High School in 1940 Dorothy was employed at the Stevens County Courthouse. Dorothy married Leo M. Kofler in Yuma, Ariz., on Dec. 11, 1943. They made their home in Chewelah, Wash., and in the fall of 1962 moved to Walla Walla. They later divorced.
In addition to raising five children; Dorothy was the secretary for St. Patrick Catholic Parish of Walla Walla for 17 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Lady Elks. She enjoyed bowling, skiing, swimming, dancing, pinochle, golf, gardening, travel and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved people and was known for her beautiful smile; she could pan fry a pheasant and make it tender enough to eat.
Dorothy is survived by five children, Jeanne (Jack) Jordan, Linda (Tom) Hulst, Kay (Delton) Almond, Robert (Gretchen) Kofler, Mary (Mike) Williams; sisters-in-law, Betty Saffel Skidmore and Darlene Kofler; grandchildren, Joe (Cindy) Jordan, Christopher (Lori) Jordan, Katy Jordan (George) Schaaf, Peter Hulst, Brita (David) Lupafya, Holly Hulst (Vance) Pryor, Kelly (Sean) Lowry, Jennifer (Ryan) Gasseling, Beth (Chris) Cook, Patrick (Jesica) Kofler, Erik (Samantha) Kofler, Jordan Kofler, Brooke (David) Nelson-Hughes, Cory (Nick) Teckman, Drew Williams, Nick Williams; 13 great-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by brother, Robert; and granddaughter, Molly Marie Jordan.
Dorothy’s family is deeply grateful to the Washington Odd Fellows West Wing Care Center staff for its professional and compassionate care. At her request there will be no funeral services. Donations may be given to the charity of your choice.
If you have stories about Dorothy please send to Linda Kofler Hulst, at firstname.lastname@example.org.