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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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  • November 21
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 22
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 22
    Salt Creek Trailhead dedication for Meijer family planned
    10 a.m. by CVS Pharmacy, 292 S. Van Buren St., near junction of 46 East and 135 North
  • November 22
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 23
    Annual community-wide hymn sing planned
    6:30 p.m. Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • November 25
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 28
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
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  • December 12
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    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
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    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road