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Delores Gohlman

November 13, 1917 – March 2, 2017


Delores Elaine (Olds) Gohlman was born in Grass Valley, Oregon on November 13, 1917 to Rella (Marlin) Olds and Frank Olds. She entered Heaven's gates on March 2, 2017.

Delores attended Milton schools and graduated from McLoughlin High School in 1935. She married Herman E. Gohlman on August 16, 1939. He operated Gohlman's Grocery with his brother, Kenneth, for 39 years. Delores worked in the store as both a bookkeeper and clerk.

They lived in Waitsburg all her married life.She enjoyed cats, decorating her house for the holidays, and writing letters and cards for family and friends. She took pride in her yard and flowers. In her younger years, she loved Big Band dancing with her girl friends because none of the boys liked to dance.

When she was married and moved to Waitsburg she was known for her dinner parties. For many years she was very involved, along with her husband, in the Days of Real Sport. Delores was the queen of DIY themed birthday parties and the tradition was carried on by her daughter and granddaughters.

She loved documenting trips and adventures with her journals and scrapbooks. She looked forward to trips to the ocean, Mariners games, and celebrations with family. She was very involved in her community and had many different groups of friends. She would frequently call on friends who were house bound or in nursing homes while she was still able to.

She enjoyed playing cards with friends and belonged to several bridge clubs. She played Uno with her grandkids and great grandkids right up to her passing. She was an avid Seahawks, Mariners, and Gonzaga fan and knew more about sports (and politics) than most of her family members..

Delores was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Waitsburg for numerous years. She belonged to the Waitsburg Chapter 9 Order of Eastern Star, with a 50 year member pin. She was a former member of Daughter of Nile of Spokane, Sorotus Club, DeNova Club, American Association of Retired Persons, 55+ Club-president for two years, a secretary for many years, and received a Service Award in 1994. She was a Historical Society member and belonged to local card clubs. Delores was also a Bluebird leader and worked with the Rainbow Girls.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Herman; and her parents and brother. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her family which include her daughter, Vicki Christensen and son-in-law Patrick, grandchildren Melissa Gildersleeve and her husband Bryan of Maple Valley, Lisa Hathaway and her husband Darin of Okanogan, and Jeff Christensen and his wife Ashley of Seattle. Her four great grandchildren include Hannah, Isabella, Bryson, and Rylan. Extended family include her niece Cherie Kurth and husband Lynn; and nephew Richard Gohlman.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Waitsburg followed by a luncheon reception. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Waitsburg. Friends and family are invited to sig the online guest book at


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