Melva Karen Koch

Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2011

Anchor Point resident Melva Karen Koch died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at her home near Anchor Point. She was 76.

Memorial services were held Saturday, March 5, at the Light House Community Church in Anchor Point. Pastor Milt Michener officiated.

Mrs. Koch was born Feb. 4, 1935 in Colton, Ore. She graduated from Sandy High School in Sandy, Ore. She worked for Far West Federal Bank in Gresham, Ore. from 1978 until her retirement in 1992. She moved to Alaska in 1994.

Mrs. Koch was very active in women's ministry. In the early 1970s she was involved in the Touch Beauty Radio Station and helped lead Koffee Klasch in Gresham. In 1950, she sang in the choir for the Billy Graham Crusade. She was also involved in the Youth For Christ and played piano for many churches throughout her life.

Mrs. Koch's hobbies included playing the piano and crocheting. She also loved spending time with her 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandkids.

"As it states in Proverbs 31, she was a wife and mother and virtuous woman. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." -- Proverbs 31:28.

Mrs. Koch was preceded in death by her brother, Henry Paul Hill Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald Koch; sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Paula Koch, Doug and Valerie Koch and Ron and Lydia Koch all of Anchor Point, Bob and Kathy Koch of Lenwood, Calif., and Brad and Lisa Koch of Valdez; daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Jim Wooley of Kenai; brother and sisters-in-law, Lauren and Pricillia Hill of Sandy, Ore., and Barbara Hill of Boring, Ore.; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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