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Emma Lou Sunderland

July 13, 1934~ December 4, 2018

Emma Lou Sunderland, age 84, of Kennewick, WA, walked into the arms of her Lord and Savior on December 4, 2018. 

Emma Lou was born on her dad’s birthday, July 13, 1934, in Jefferson City, Missouri, to Howard Bell and Katherine “Ruth” Nicholson. She was the youngest child, with an older brother Bobby Dean, (who proceeded her in death on Dec. 5, 2006). In December 1934, her family left Missouri and moved to Kuna, Idaho. Emma Lou graduated from Kuna High School in 1952. Upon graduation, she attended Bob Jones University and ended up graduating from Northwest Nazarene College in 1956. 

In June 1956, she married Dirk L. Dirksen. They lived in Portland where she taught school, until they moved to . . .