On Sunday October 14, 2007 Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Koch passed away at the age of 81.
Betty was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Elizabeth, her in-laws George and Hazel, her brother Ted and sister-in-law Gladys, sisters Mary Ellen, Margaret and Jean (Hugh), nephew Jim, nieces Terry and Kathy, sister-in- law Georgina and brother-in-laws Johnny, Graham and Arnold.
She leaves to cherish her memory husband Bob, son Scott (Glenys), grandson Chris (Heather) of Kamloops, granddaughter Laurel of Kelowna, her brother-in-law Hugh of New Westminster, her sister-in-laws Jean of Vossburg Mississippi and Doris of Calgary Alberta. “Auntie Bet’s” extended family includes nieces and nephews Marg, Tom, Jane, Arlene, Cal, Brenda, Douglas, Rick, Cathy, Barbara Ann, Danny, Kevin and a number of grand nieces and nephews and many many friends.
She was born in New Westminster April 17,1926 the youngest of five children. As a young woman she worked in a chocolate shop, office supplies, the C.P.R. and as the secretary at Queens Park Arena. It was at the Arena where she met Bob the shy red haired hockey player from Strathmore Alberta that became her husband in 1948. In 1951 they added their son Scott to the family. In 1960 they made the fortuitous decision to move to Chase, B.C. and open Chase Drugs which later became People’s Drug Mart. She worked hard six days a week in the business until they both retired in 1978. She had a huge love for family, friends and her many pets and was always there to nurture, care for, comfort, and worry about their ups and downs in life. Her many joys included dancing especially with Bob, golf, and singing in both the First Presbyterian Church Choir in New Westminster and later the United Church Choir in Chase. Her other interests included bowling, curling and socializing with her many friends.
She sparkled, was one of a kind, and loved the community she lived in. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held in her honour on Saturday October 20, 2007 at 1:00 pm at the Chase Community Hall with Reverend Bob Crosby officiating. In lieu of flowers you may wish to make a donation to the Alzheimers Society of B.C or your local SPCA.
The family thanks all the staff at Ponderosa Lodge Respite, 2nd floor and 3rd floor for their devotion to care over the past year.
Cremation is entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service in Kamloops, B.C. On line condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com.