Sonya Cheremeteff Christoff, 94, of Wallowa, died Feb. 24, 2009 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise.
She was born Sept. 15, 1914 in Vilkovisk, Russia. Sonya was found on a Russian battlefield as a baby and adopted by Anastasia Cheremeteff. She never knew her biological mother or father.
Sonya and Anastasia Cheremeteff escaped from Moscow, Russia, in 1921 with only the clothes on their backs. Sonya grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo.
After college, Sonya became a ballerina and appeared in two movies, "Mid Summer Night's Dream" (with Mickey Rooney and Olivia de Havilland) and Anna Karenina.
Sonya married Nicolas Christoff and after retiring as a dancer and having children, became a caterer to Hollywood stars and professionals.
She moved to Wallowa in 1977.
Sonya belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church.
In addition to dancing, she loved sewing and cooking.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Farrington, of Wallowa; grandson Todd Ferguson and his wife Jennifer and their children Jessie and Devin of San Clemente, Calif.; grandson Paul Ferguson and his wife Sonia and their children Zachary, Alexa, Jayden, Joshua of Diamond Bar, Calif.; and grandson Jason Ferguson and his wife Racheal and their children Jayci, Madison, Jordan of Kelsey Ville, Calif..
Sonya was preceded in death by her adopted mother, Anastasia Cheremeteff; and son, Nicholas Christoff.
The family is having a celebration of life in San Clemente, Calif.