Idaho State Journal, 12/19/12
LAVA HOT SPRINGS — Dorothy Ward Koller, 93, of Lava Hot Springs, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012, at her daughter’s home in South Jordan, Utah. Dorothy was born on February 21, 1919, in Preston, Idaho, the daughter of Joseph Edward and Mary Emeline Garner Ward. She was raised in Preston, Idaho, and lived in Weston, Idaho, for three years.
Dorothy married Russell A. Koller on May 8, 1940, in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. He passed away on June 19, 1997.
They also lived in Oxford, Idaho for 24 years and Soda Springs for 13 years and Orem, Utah, for 16 years and Lava Hot Springs for many years.
She worked at the Trail Cafe for several years and was wellknown for her cinnamon rolls. She also taught piano lessons most of her life.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had served as ward organist for a total of 51 years and also served in various other positions in the Relief Society, Primary, Sunday school and MIA.
Dorothy played organ music for Senior Citizen Centers in Soda Springs, Idaho, Orem, Utah, and Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.
She loved music, gardening and quilting.
She is survived by her son, Nolan and Sharon Koller of Soda Springs, Idaho; and three daughters, Rita and Jeff Anderson of McCammon, Idaho, Ila and Kevan Pearce of South Jordan, Utah, Betty and Dennis Zupan of Pleasant Grove, Utah. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 25 greatgrandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty Koller, Weston, Idaho; a brother-in-law, Evan Koller of Logan, Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Hyrum Ward, Platt Ward, Burnice Ward and five sisters, Luella Bowman, Edith Hawke, Vera Nielsen, Marguerite Jepsen, June Pierce, three great-grandchildren and a sonin-law, Robert Anderson.
Services will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at noon at the Lava Hot Springs LDS Chapel. The family will visit with friends on Saturday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will be in the Lava Hot Springs Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of the Sims Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh.com