Deborah Doherty

Deborah Doherty

Longtime Delta resident Deborah Ann VanDelinder Doherty died July 15, 2019, at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She was 74.

A memorial service was held July 20 at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta. Interment took place in the Delta City Cemetery.

She was born May 19, 1945, in Escanaba, Mich., to Lorenz and Pauline (Johnson) VanDelinder. The family moved to Albuquerque, N.M.

She graduated from Sandia High School in Albuquerque in 1963. She attended the University of New Mexico and received a teaching certificate from Western State College in Gunnison. She was a resident of Delta County since 1973.

Mrs. Doherty worked as a teacher, freelance writer, private music teacher and a retail clerk. She was the founder of the Multi-cultural Festival for nine years and was also a part of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and chorus for many years.

She enjoyed singing, teaching and reading. She played many instruments, including the piano and guitar.

Mrs. Doherty is survived by her husband, William "Dick" Doherty of Delta; daughters, Sine Doherty of Delta, Elin (Dominic) Kambuga of Evanston, Ill., and Corrine Doherty of Long Beach, N.Y.; brother, John VanDelinder of Sacramento, Calif.; sisters, Marti Bitts of Littleton, Marian VanDelinder of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchild, Jamila Kambuga; and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Steven VanDelinder.

Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

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