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Doris Edith Smith Koch, 91, Nashville

Doris Edith Smith Koch, 91, Nashville, died Jan. 8, 2014, at Brown County Health and Living Community.

She was born to Henry Whalley and Eleanor Clarke Smith Jan. 7, 1923, in Mickle Trafford, Cheshire, England. Her parents served as chauffeur and part-time cook to an American cotton magnate who owned a British country estate. Doris’s early education was in an Episcopal school in Thorton-le-Moors, where she heard scripture daily. Just before the Depression, Mr. Wilmer sold the estate and returned to America, so the family moved to Birkenhead, where her father drove a city bus and where Doris enjoyed a happy childhood, playing with over 30 cousins in the area. Doris graduated from Birkenhead High School with honors.

During World War II, Doris joined the British navy and proudly served her country by taking apart, cleaning and reassembling airplane engines. She also had vivid memories of hiding in bomb shelters during the war. She saved her money and used it after the war to immigrate to America, where her sister had already moved to marry an American GI. Her nine-day-long trip on the Queen Mary was characterized by very turbulent seas, but Doris, unlike most passengers, was able to enjoy the voyage, even the wonderful food. The Statue of Liberty greeted her as the ship sailed into New York harbor. Her first night in America was spent at the Salvation Army. Doris settled with her sister, Irene, in Harrisonburg, Va., where she worked as a secretary in a hospital and at a radio station before meeting Edwin O. Koch at the home of a mutual friend. After only three meetings in person and a courtship of correspondence, Doris and Ed married Sept. 16, 1950, and settled in Butler, Pa., where his mother, Bennie Koch, and her sister, Dr. Jane Dunaway, ran a nursing home.

In 1957, the family moved to Bloomington, where Ed’s brother-in-law, Haynes McMullen, was a professor of library science at IU. While working full-time in the Halls of Residence libraries and taking care of her family, Doris entered Indiana University at 36. In 1963, she completed her batchelors in education with distinction. She came within one course of finishing her master’s in library science. After retirement, Doris enjoyed her grandchildren and was especially happy to be able to attend her granddaughter Becky’s wedding Oct. 1, 2011. Doris was a charming and gracious person who loved telling stories of her life in England and who served her family with sacrificial love and devotion. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 55 years; her daughter, Susan Lynn; her sister, Eleanor Irene (Gene) Albright; her in-laws, Bennie and Edwin O. Koch, Sr.; her husband’s aunt, Jane Dunaway; her husband’s sister, Jane (Haynes) McMullen; nephews Whalley Ervin and David McMullen; great-nephew, Michael Sprinkles; and many beloved British cousins.

She is survived by her daughter, Eleanor Christina (James) Clemons; her granddaughters, Kimberly Clemons and Rebecca (Nathan) Harper; her grandson, David (Beth) Clemons; three great-grandchildren, Daniel and Naysa Clemons and Derrick Harper; a niece, Doris Lee Sprinkles; a nephew, Joel McMullen; and many other relatives in America, England and New Zealand.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at First Presbyterian Church.

Friends can greet the family from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in the church parlor.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, Backstreet Missions or Disabled Veterans of America.

Church and Community Funerals is handling the arrangements, and online condolences can be sent to the family at allenfuneralhome.org.

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    Bingo
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  • October 31
    Trick-or-Treat hours set for Nashville
    6 to 9 p.m. Nashville
  • October 31
    Deadline to RSVP for Brown County/Purdue Extension dinner meeting
  • October 31
    Sprunica church fall community night
    5 to 9 p.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • October 31
    Trunk or Treat at Helmsburg church
    6 to 8 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • November 1
    Annual chicken noodle dinner, craft bazaar at Christiansburg church
    4 to 7 p.m. Christiansburg United Methodist Church, 7372 S. Christianburg Road
  • November 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 1
    Annual craft, bake sale at Helmsburg church
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St.
  • November 1
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 1
    Annual bazaar, quilt raffle, bake sale, bean dinner
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goshen Community Church, 2798 Gatesville Road, Bean Blossom
  • November 3
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • November 4
    Government offices CLOSED
  • November 4
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    7 to 8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 5
    Woodworkers club
    7 p.m. Charlie Roush's Shop, 6987 Christianberg Road
  • November 5
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 6
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • November 6
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 6
    Salt Creek Trail Committee
    10 a.m. BC Parks & Rec. Office, 1001 Deer Run Lane
  • November 6
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. Helmsburg Elementary School, 5378 Helmsburg School Road
  • November 6
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 7
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 8
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • November 8
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • November 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 8
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 11
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • November 12
    Mandatory scholarship meeting at the high school
    6:30 p.m. Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane
  • November 12
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 13
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 14
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 15
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 15
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 18
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 19
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road