Elizabeth Koehn was born on Feb. 27, 1924, east of Durham in rural Marion County.


Elizabeth Koehn was born on Feb. 27, 1924, east of Durham in rural Marion County.
Elizabeth or “Liz”, also known as “Betty” to some friends and family members, was the fifth child of Albert and Marie Unruh Dirks. Liz passed away on Oct., 24, 2011 at the age of 87 years after a lengthy illness with dementia and other complicating factors.
Liz received her schooling in the Durham elementary school, at the Blaine School near Walsh, Colorado, and she finished her last three years at the Waldeck School north of Lehigh.
Liz was baptized on Jan. 28, 1938. On April 20, 1941, Liz married Harvey Koehn of rural Galva. Born to this union were two sons.
After marrying, Liz and Harvey settled on a farm seven miles north of Galva. They resided at this location until October 1942 when Harvey reported to the service near Hill City, in the Black Hills of South Dakota for the construction of Deerfield Dam.
During this time she resided in Hill City and, part of that time, she worked for Home Stake Mining grading mica. At the end of their Hill City time, they moved to Colorado Springs and lived there for six weeks until Harvey was discharged from the service in 1946.
They lived briefly with her father and mother in rural Scott County before settling on a McPherson County farm two miles west of Galva in August 1946, residing there until December 2007. It was at this time they moved to the Angel Arms Assisted Living facility in McPherson.
On Jan. 19, 2009, her beloved Harvey passed away after 67 years and nine months of marriage. This left her lonely, and it was shortly after Harvey’s passing that Liz began her noticeable decline into dementia.
During her working years, while living in rural McPherson County, Liz was a farmer’s wife, helping Harvey with farming tasks, and she worked some at a grocery store in Galva. She spent most of her working outside of the home years as a lunchroom cook at Harmony Grade School and retired as a food service supervisor from McPherson USD 418 in 1992.
Liz enjoyed home cooking, her four grandchildren, listening to Southern Gospel music with Harvey, and being with family members. She participated briefly on a bowling team and did some volunteer work for the American Red Cross.
Surviving Liz are sons J. Harvey (Mary) of Andover and Brian (Carla) of McPherson, grandchildren Sarah Friesen (Marc) of Newton, Joel (Amber) of Rose Hill, Mollie of Topeka, and Sally of McPherson, four great-grandchildren, and brothers Floyd and Maurice and sister Willetta Payne, all of Scott City. Preceding her in death were Harvey, her father and mother, brothers Jesse, Abe, Marvin, Albert, Jr. and Howard, and sisters Elsie, Norma and Lillian.
Visitations will be from 4 until 7 p.m.  Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Moundridge Funeral Home Chapel, Moundridge. Memorial donations are suggested to the McPherson County Food Bank, in care of the funeral home.