Dorothy Jackson Riekkola, 88, of Brownsmead, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, among family, at home.

She was born June 3, 1922 in Edgar, Neb., to Arthur and Edith Baker.

She was raised next door to famous evangelist and personal friend, Billy Sunday, in Warsaw, Ind.

An alumna of Indiana University (IU), she completed her internship in dietetics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after serving in World War II for a brief time before the war ended.  

She married Archie August Riekkola. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Riekkola moved to Astoria to take a position as head dietician at the old Columbia Memorial Hospital in 1948.

She was a lifelong member of the American Dietetic Association, a member of Alumni of IU, and a serving member of the American Association of University Women and the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, among many other local, political and charitable interests.

Family members said she enjoyed collecting antiques, hosting meetings and fundraisers in her home, attending dietetic conferences with friends and traveling. She also enjoyed gardening, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.  

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Simo Nauha of Astoria; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Archie David and Shelly Riekkola of Boardman and Jonathon Brice and Jackie Riekkola, Jeffrey Ralph and Robin Riekkola and Benjamin Jackson Riekkola, all of Astoria; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.   

Visitation is from noon to 6 p.m. today at Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries in Astoria.

A memorial will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethany Free Lutheran Church, 451 34th St., followed by a reception. 

A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or Columbia Hospice, in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 576 12th St., Astoria, OR 97103.

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