Maud Eleanor Dalrymple Reoch died at her Walla Walla home on Thursday, August 11, 2011, at the age of 93. Family and friends may pay their respects from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2011, and from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. A service celebrating her life is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Pastor Ed Gienger will officiate. The graveside service and burial with military honors will follow on Saturday at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, Myra Road, College Place, Washington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Aid Center through the funeral home.
Maud was born in a sod house in the Sandhills of Nebraska (near Rushville), during a blizzard, on January 17, 1918, to George and Mable (Derrick) Dalrymple, the sixth of their eight children. She attended the Cherry County Extension School and Rushville High School where she was a soloist in the choir and had leading roles in school plays. She graduated as the Salutatorian of her class, obtained her teaching certificate at Normal College, and taught all eight grades in a rural one-room schoolhouse. In 1942 she left Nebraska, following her parents to Seattle where she worked for Seattle City Light as a meter reader.
During World War II, Maud enlisted in the Women's Army Corps, serving as a surgical technician at Madigan Army Hospital at Fort Lewis, Washington. At Fort Lewis, she met Edwin Reoch, a young medic who shared her deep Christian faith. Married in 1945, Maud and Edwin raised six children in Seattle and Newhalem, Washington. They became members of the Seattle Central Adventist Church in 1960. In 1964, they purchased Ed's Market in College Place and operated it together until 1968 when they sold it to Walt Anderson, who renamed it Andy's Market. Maud and Edwin moved to a ranch near Bonners Ferry, ID, where Maud became the cook for the Boundary County Elementary School. They returned to Walla Walla in 1972.
Maud excelled in all the arts of homemaking and was famous for her pies. She won many grand prizes at the Southeastern Washington Fair for her canned fruit. She was an accomplished pianist, sewed beautifully, and loved to garden, raising beautiful roses. Maud was always interested in political events and was involved in her community, serving as leader of the Adventist Community Service and helping to establish Helpline in the 1970s. For many years, she took great pleasure in regularly visiting thrift stores, passing on her bargain treasures to those in need. The focus of Maud's life was her deeply practical faith in God. She spent many hours in prayer and Bible study and loved to discuss spiritual themes. She was a member of the Good Neighbor and Eastgate Adventist Churches.
Maud is survived by her brother, Winfred Norris Dalrymple of Redmond, WA; her children, Vonnie (Ole) Olesen of Milton-Freewater, OR, Gwen (John) Burseth of Walla Walla, WA, Douglas (Pam) Reoch of Bonners Ferry, ID, Gordon Reoch of Yakima, Bruce (Gail) Reoch of Moyie Springs, ID, and Daryl (Joyce) Reoch of Sandpoint, ID; grandchildren, Heather Alarcon, Shelley and Sean Olesen, Michael Burseth, Gretal Cromwell, Karly Almon, Tammy Kralik, and Kira, Katie, Marcus, Devon, Jeffrey and Nicole Reoch; twelve great-grandchildren, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, her parents, three sisters, three brothers, and a nephew.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com