Leatrice Pauline Koch After a courageous battle with ALS, Leatrice Pauline Koch passed away on September 3, 2008. She joins her soul mate and beloved husband George Louis Koch, her father Millard Reaba and mother Margaret Smith Reaba, as well as a nephew, aunts and uncles. Her sister Darlene J. Allen resides in the Reaba home, built by their father, in Congerville, IL. Leatrice's Aunt/Margaret's sister, Eunice Cummings, lives in Becker, MN. Lee, as she was known by her friends, was born July 10, 1929 in Congerville, Illinois. She wrote wonderful stories about her memories of great times growing up in Congerville. These stories were written for her daughters, Tyann L. Nauman Wallace (Daniel) of Portland, MI, Michell R. Nauman Turner (Steven) of Las Vegas, NV, her grandchildren, Nicholas (Chantel) Turner of Las Vegas, NV, Jeff Turner of Las Vegas, NV, Tonia (Richard) Koss of Plainfield, Il, Bradley (Michell) Wallace of Allendale, MI, Tassa (Kyle) Patrick of Grand Rapids, MI, Tia Leatrice Wallace of Grand Rapids, MI and two great-granddaughters, Mariah and Samantha, and a great-grandson on the way. Lee spent 50 years in Tucson, AZ after moving with her family from Illinois in 1958. She loved the desert, mountains, wildlife, weather and all things southwest. Nature and anything outdoors she enjoyed to the fullest with road trips, photography and painting. She was an avid landscape gardener, spending more time in her yard than indoors. Using the skills taught by her mother and grandmothers, Leatrice took great pleasure in embroidery, quilting, sewing and canning preserves. Much of what she created were gifts to family and friends. Flying in the tail dragger airplanes that George restored, Lee and George enjoyed fly-ins and trips throughout the U.S. They were very special times for both of them. Lee held close to her heart her many dear friends. She wishes love and joy to her daughters, Tyann and Michell. Mom, we miss you so much! We love you! Give George a hug! "Write me down as one who loved butterflies and dandelions" Author, Leatrice Koch. A memorial service for Leatrice will be held at South Lawn Cemetery, 5401 S. Park Ave. Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Leatrice Koch's name, to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 Kinney Rd. Tucson, AZ 85743, by phone at 520-883-3055.
Published in Arizona Daily Star on Sep. 7, 2008.