Dolores Magdalena (Emter) Cahill

Born: Sun., May 22, 1932
Died: Sat., Aug. 21, 2021


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Wed., Sep. 01, 2021
Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church


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Dolores Magdalena Cahill was born May 22, 1932 in Glen Ullin, North Dakota
and passed away at her home at Thornhollow, Oregon on August 21, 2021 with
her husband and five children around her. At an early age her family moved to
Hamilton, Montana where her family worked on a dairy farm. At the beginning of
World War II, the family moved to Vancouver, Washington where her mother
worked in the shipyards.

Dolores attended Providence Academy while her twin brother Vern and older
brother Arnold went to Vancouver public schools. She took piano lessons at an
early age and often played for the GIs at the local USO. After graduating from high
school, she attended Clark College where she met Jim Cahill whom she married in
1953 and with whom she would spend the next 68 years of her life. Twenty of
those years were spent as a military wife following her husband on his various
assignments in the Air Force.

During their first tour of duty in Birkenfeld, Germany she gave birth to Kevin
and to Thomas who died in infancy at a military hospital. Some years later while
stationed in England, she gave birth to Kelly and Elizabeth. Following that tour of
duty they moved to Tucson, Arizona where Katherine and Jamey were born. She
moved with her children to Vancouver when Jim was assigned to Vietnam in 1965
and 66. Their last move was to Dow AFB, Bangor, Maine where they stayed for
five years allowing Dolores time to earn her Bachelor's degree at the Northern
Conservatory of Music in 1972. During many of these moves she played the organ
at base chapels and often started choirs.

She taught music and shared her love of singing with many generations of
students in the elementary and middle school in Weston, Oregon. She also
inspired many with her musical gifts at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she
was the church organist and the family have been members for almost 50 years.
She was an avid golfer, member of the Pendleton Country Club and past
Women’s’ Club president. She loved the many annual trips with several couples to
play beautiful golf courses in Canada. She was always ready for an adventure,
whether reluctantly on horseback with her husband; nine-mile pack trips into the
Eagle Cap Wilderness or rafting down the Rogue and Minam Rivers. She loved
having her family around her and those gatherings would often involve lots of
enthusiastic singing and instrumental play alongs by her children who she early on
encouraged to explore their musical potential. She enjoyed gardening and
nurturing things to their best potential. Her warm and engaging personality drew
people to her. She never knew a stranger.

Dolores is survived by her husband Jim at home in Thornhollow, her brother
Vern in Vancouver, WA, son Kevin (Beth Wasley) LaGrande, OR, son Kelly (Jane
Stuessy), Port Townsend, WA, daughter Elizabeth (Diane Groff), Thornhollow, OR,
daughter Katherine Britt (Rusty) Lexington, OR and son Jamey, Pendleton, OR. Her
loving legacy also includes 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The rosary will be said on August 31, 2021 at 7 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Athena, OR. The funeral Mass for Dolores will be held September 1,
2021 at 11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with reception following in the
parish hall.
Funeral arrangements are made through Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom Bishop Funeral Home,
Pendleton, OR. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the
Wounded Warrior Project or Good Shepherd Hospice.

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Brigit Farley
   Posted Mon August 23, 2021
Dolores was a lovely person. She was a great friend of my mother's on the golf course--they spent many happy rounds together at PCC. Whenever I saw her around town, she always had a kind word for me, too, after mom was gone--she would ask how school was going and what I was up to. I enjoyed her at all the Sacred Heart special dinners, too, she was a pillar of that church. Dolores left her community better than she found it. May she rest in peace.

shirlee nirschl
   Posted Wed August 25, 2021
Jim dear and family.Thinking of you.Love and prayers.Shirlee Nirschl.

Norma Rickman
   Posted Thu August 26, 2021
I enjoyed Dolores so much on the PCC golf course. She was always happy and fun to be around. She will be a big for her family and friends but will be at Peace in Heaven.

Cub Culbertson
   Posted Thu August 26, 2021
Jim,
I was so sorry to here of your loss. Delores was a great lady in my opinion. You couldn't meet a nicer person. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Sincerely,
Cub Culbertson

Jake Cambier
   Posted Wed September 01, 2021
Jim and family: Cathy and I want to express our sympathy for the loss of your partner of 68 years. Want to thank you for renewing our acquaintance so many years after Tucson. Dr. Jake Cambier, Det. 20 AFROTC 1964-1968.

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