Patricia Ann Emmons Koch
July 26, 1941 –– May 18, 2017
Patricia Ann Emmons Koch of Milton-Freewater passed away May 18, 2017, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at age 75.
She was born on July 26, 1941, in Joseph, Ore., to Ed and Lila Emmons. Pat grew up in Joseph. She was active in 4-H, enjoying many hours horseback riding in the hills around her home in Prairie Creek.
During her senior year, an accomplished rider, she was chosen Princess in the Chief Joseph Days court. Pat graduated from Joseph High School in 1960.She went on to earn her associates degree at Eastern Oregon State College in LaGrande, majoring in business.
Eventually, Pat settled in Milton-Freewater where she met and married Jack Koch Aug. 30, 1975. They purchased the Oasis Supper Club on Stateline Road in 1989 and operated it for the next 17 years enlarging the restaurant to seat 250.
During those years she was active in the Blue Mountain Riders. Up to the time of her death, she worked part-time as a notary public. Pat loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Lila Emmons, grandson Jacob Gordon Butler and her husband Jack.
Pat is survived by her brother, Terry (Kathy) Emmons, The Dalles, Ore.; son Marc Butler, Kennewick, WA, daughter, Christine (Lanny Knopf) Koch, Milton Freewater, Ore, sons Matt (Heidi) Koch, Milton-Freewater; Mark (Beth) Evans of North Pole, Alaska, John (Diana) Koch Jr. of Eugene, Thomas Koch of Seattle, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to St. Mary’s Cancer Center (Special Needs) or Walla Walla Community Hospice.
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