Thursday, July 18, 2024

Tulla Dilling

| July 9, 2024 1:28 PM

Tulla Dilling, 90, passed away peacefully in her Moses Lake, Wash., home July 1 with her closest family by her side. She was born April 1, 1934, in Rødnes, Norway, and was given a family nickname of “Tulla.” She was the youngest of four children. She moved to Seattle in 1958 looking for opportunity and adventure and soon met her husband, Rolf Dilling (also from Norway). They were married in 1959 and began farming in the Block 40 community north of Moses Lake, making the United States their permanent home. 

Tulla had a vibrant and joyful spirit. The room was brighter and the mood lighter whenever she entered a room. Tulla had the unique gift of making friends with everyone she met, and they in return all loved her fun-loving personality. She especially valued her close circle of friends in the Block 40 community. She had a flair for throwing parties, where she created amazing Norwegian food and pastries, as well as making the event exciting and fun for everyone. She was a life long member of Sons of Norway and enjoyed celebrating the annual Christmas dinner by happily serving the lutefisk.

Tulla will be remembered as a selfless and generous wife, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, who had a smile for everyone, even when times were tough. She loved having a good laugh and conversation with friends and family over a good strong cup of coffee.

Tulla was preceded in death by her husband, Rolf Dilling. They had four children who are all married: Marta Brobjer (Anders) of Fallköping, Sweden; Harald “Huc” Dilling (Laurie) of Ephrata; Lars Dilling (Sue) of Achille, Oklahoma; and Erik Dilling (Kim) of Wenatchee. Tulla was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Lisa Höjlund (Jakob), Andreas Brobjer, Laina Mitchell (Patrick), Lea Merica (Christopher), Mattias Dilling, Emmie Dilling, Haakon Dilling, Cooper Meek, Anya Dilling and Sarah Dilling. She also was fortunate to have five great-grandchildren and one more on the way! 

Tulla was grateful for the life she lived, and for her family both near and far. Her family loved her deeply and will miss her presence every day.

Friends and family are welcome to the memorial which will be held Sunday, July 21, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Moses Lake, Wash. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation.

Please express your thoughts and memories for the family at Arrangements are under the care of Kayser's Chapel of Memories.