Pearl Virginia Koch, 89, the youngest of six children born to George and Pauline Waud, of Sunnyside, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Life Care Center in Kennewick. Pearl was born March 3, 1921 in Sunnyside, grew up in the Green Valley area and attended Sunnyside schools.

She resided in Sunnyside almost her entire life, until she moved to Richland in 2008 to be near her daughter.

She married Ray L. Koch in 1943 and together they worked, played and laughed together until his death in 1992. During the course of their marriage, they owned and operated the All States Auto Court and Service Station. Later, Pearl owned and operated The Fashion Nook in Sunnyside, worked at a local jewelry store, attended the Y.V.C. nursing program, worked variously at Sunnyside General Hospital and for several local doctors as an office nurse.

She always felt fortunate that she was able to travel to Europe several times, to South America and then to Mexico on a medical mission.

Pearl's other interests were many and varied, she learned to downhill ski at the age of 60 and was a "regular" on the slopes at White Pass, was a member of the Children's Orthopedic Guild for many years, she served as Worthy Matron of the Lady Elks B.P.O.E. #2112, a member of Nouvella, was an ardent bridge player and worked tirelessly for her church, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside.

Pearl is survived by her son, Ronald R. Koch, Palo Alto, Calif., son, Terry (Karen) W. Koch of Buckley, Ken (Earline) Bowen of Seattle and her daughter, Marlene (Lynn) Funk, of Kennewick; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; as well as a very special great-nephew, Richard Bleakney of Cedar Park, Texas; by two sisters-in law, Rachel Waud of Yakima and Myra Dorsey of Sunnyside.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents, George and Pauline Waud; her brothers, George Waud, Loras Waud and Edward Waud; and two sisters, Clara Highfill and Helen Eveland.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside,with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Remembrances may be made to Bring Me a Book Foundation, 1045 Terra Bella Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043 or to a favorite charity.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Pearl's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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