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LoErna Koch Palmer Simpson

Posted 12/13/2018

LoErna Koch Palmer Simpson died Oct. 13, 2018 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Oregon.  She was the daughter of Ernest and Lola Basore Koch at Sedgwick, Kansas, and a resident of Sedgwick until graduating from Sedgwick High School in 1957.

She held degrees in textiles from Friends University, Kansas State University, Texas Women’s University and was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, Oregon State and Bassist College.

She was very active in the First United Methodist Church at Corvallis, Oregon.  She married Thomas Palmer and later James E. Simpson. 

Survivors include her children Laura Welch, Larry Palmer and Tammy Simpson, a brother John Koch of Garland, Texas and step-children Jeannie Samdani, Greg and Remy Simpson.