While surrounded by family, Ruth Koch entered into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, September 20, 2013.
Ruth was born in Reedley, California on May 25, 1928 and soon moved to the Yuba Sutter area which was her home for the rest of her life. She was recognized often in her outings around town by people who remembered her as the Sutter County Children's Librarian, where she worked for more than 25 years, retiring in 1985. She also was a Dispatcher Clerk and Matron for the Yuba City Police Department in the late 50's and early 60's.
Ruth was an active volunteer in our local area with organizations such as The American Cancer Society, The Discovery Shop, St. Isidore Catholic Church Food Locker, The Sutter County Museum, The Acting Company and The Yuba City Police Officers Ladies Association. She and her husband, Berny, were recognized by the Appeal Democrat for volunteering in the community. She was an avid reader and an accomplished watercolor artist, winning numerous blue ribbons for her paintings. She enjoyed travelling with Berny, and had visited every state in the United States. Ruth loved nature, long walks, trips to the ocean, and was a keen gardener and journalist.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Bruce Cameron, husband Herbert K. Vierria and husband George B. Garcia. She is survived by her loving husband Bernard Koch, brother Bruce Cameron, sons Daniel Vierria (Cathy), Donald Koch, Scott Koch (Jenni), Jim Garcia (Cheryl), and daughters Kate Doscher (Richard), Juanita Fochs (Steve), Diana Nicholson (Nic), Linda Zall (Terry) and Donna Burrows. She also will be dearly missed by her 16 grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
In accordance with her wishes, a private Christian service will be conducted at Sutter Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.
Ruth requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to her favorite charity, "Hands of Hope," 909 Spiva Avenue, Yuba City, California, 95991.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25, 2013