Doris Anna Olga Wedepohl
1925 - 2019
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June 15, 1926 ˜ November 29, 2019

Doris Anna Olga Wedepohl of Bellingham, WA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 29, 2019, with her family by her side at Mount Baker Care Center.
Doris was born June 15, 1925, in Wapato, WA, the first of four daughters. Her father was the Lutheran minister at Wapato and also ministered to the Native Americans on the reservation in Wapato.
Doris completed her RN degree in June 1945 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Vancouver, WA. She married Merlin Wedephol Oct. 12, 1946, after Merlin’s return from the military service in World War II. They built their family home in rural Vancouver (Salmon Creek) and raised their three children.
After her youngest daughter entered middle school, Doris took a nursing job in the Vancouver Clinic assisting the OB physicians. After moving to Bellingham in 2004 they became members of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Her husband Merlin died in November 2007. Doris will be buried next to her husband in Vancouver.
Doris is survived by son, Merlin, Jr. (Claudia) Wedepohl of Bellingham; daughters, Anne (David) Huber of Bellingham, and Susan (Bruce) Griggs of Visalia, CA; and eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank all of Doris’ caregivers both at Cordata Place and Mount Baker Care Center for their loving and professional attention to her needs. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Bellingham, or St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Vancouver. Following a private burial, a 2 p.m. reception will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vancouver on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home.
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 5, 2019.
Memorial Gathering
02:00 PM
St. John’s Lutheran Church
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December 9, 2019
I remember your mother well as she was such a good friend to my mother, Wanda Grzybala, for so many years. They enjoyed visiting on the phone almost daily as I was growing up. Your mom also babysat me and my three siblings sometimes so my mom could do a quick shopping trip. My mom missed her when she moved to Bellingham. I know that she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care.
Linda Grzybala Crowley
December 5, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I was honored to be able to be one of Doris's caregivers at Cordata Court. She had such a sweet disposition and smile. I always called her Sunshine. She was such a ray of light. You will be in my thoughts at this time.
Kathy Richardson
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