September 29, 1914 ~ July 30, 2014
Natalie Kiirats died peacefully at home on July 30, 2014. She was born southwest of St. Petersburg, Russia on September 29, 1914, to Alexander and Selma (Toomberg) Filipov. With the outbreak of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, she and her parents moved to her mother’s homeland of Estonia. Natalie graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in Economics and was a member of the Filiae Patriae sorority. She married Ilmar Kiirats, an attorney, on March 4, 1944 and soon afterwards, they left their families, friends, careers and belongings to escape the Communist takeover of Estonia. They fled west, staying ahead of the Soviet advancement. Their two daughters, Mall and Leena were born in Germany. The end of the war found the Kiirats family in the post-war British zone and in 1950, they settled in Grand Haven, MI. In 2004, she moved to Wenatchee, WA to be closer to her daughters.
She is survived by her daughters, Mall (Tom) Boyd of Leavenworth, WA and Leena (Doug) Der Yuen of Mercer Island, WA; grandchildren, Michael Boyd of Denver, CO, Katie Boyd of Whitefish, MT, Jennifer Der Yuen (Tim Katz) of San Francisco, CA, and Whitney Hemker (Tim) of Bellevue, WA; and a sister, Liida Kao of Tallinn, Estonia.