Bonnie Murchie Koch passed away Aug. 28, 2013 at her home in Los Alamos.
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Bonnie was born July 20, 1954 in Bloomington, Ind., the third daughter of four children of William and Barbara (Hamilton) Murchie. Bonnie graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1972 and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1976, with Phi Beta Kappa and a master's degree in geophysics in 1979 from Indiana University at Bloomington. Bonnie was an acclaimed soloist and playwright in high school productions.
After completing her education, Bonnie worked in the petroleum industry in Denver, where she met and married her beloved husband Richard Koch in 1985. They enjoyed camping, sailing, skiing and hiking. Bonnie enjoyed sailing at Lake Heron in New Mexico and the San Juan Islands of Washington, hiking and camping in the mountains of Colorado and traveling in the British Isles, Europe, the Mediterranean, Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal.
Bonnie was an accomplished musician and poet and played the piano, guitar and bagpipes and very much enjoyed playing in local pipe bands. She was a member of the Dharma community and loved her pets and was noted for rescuing and caring for abandoned animals.
Bonnie is survived by her husband Richard; siblings Sue, Frances, and William Jr.; nieces Angela, Amanda and Jessica; nephew William III; and grandniece Josie. Donations in her memory can be made to your local animal shelter.
A celebration of her life will take place at 3 p.m. Sept. 4, 2013 at McGee Memorial Chapel, 1320 Luisa St., Santa Fe
McGee Memorial Chapel Mortuary & Crematory
1320 Luisa Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Sept. 1, 2013