Kathy Koches

Born January 5, 1948; died September 8, 2023, at IMSS Hospital 180

Kathy Koches was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received a B.S. degree from Eastern Oregon University and worked as a paralegal in Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. In 2007 she retired to Ajijic, Jalisco, México, where she lived with her husband, Bob, and their rescue dog, Querida.

Since retirement she pursued her passion for writing and has had several articles and poems printed in El Ojo del Lago, an English-language magazine with the largest distribution in all of Latin America. In addition, she edited  four books, available on Amazon, and had a story featured in the award-winning anthology, These Summer Months.

Kathy loved living in México and said it was “the country of her heart.” The friendliness of the local people allowed her to make many new friends in her adopted country, improve her Spanish, and enjoy her retirement to the fullest.

In addition to pursing her passion for writing, she enjoyed singing with Los Cantantes del Lago, was the queen of her Red Hat chapter, and was very active in local animal rescues, acting as administrator for the Facebook page “Lakeside Advocates for Animals.”

She is survived by her best friend/husband of 33 years and her children, Brian David Simpson and Wendy Melora Fox; grandchildren Angel Marie Simpson, Racheal Christine Mock, Adam David Emmerton, Heather Nicole Strickland, Kyelynn Michelle Fox; and great-grandchildren Ava Lynn “Jay” Christine Frye, Ezekiel Daniel Frye, Isaac David Frye, and Theodore David Mock

A Celebration of Life service in honor of Kathy Koches will be held at LCUUF on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. Central Standard Time. Reception following the service. Please use the following ZOOM link for the service.


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