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Eileen Marie Koger

April 16, 1935 — January 18, 2021

Eileen Marie Koger

Eileen Marie Koger, 85, died peacefully on Jan 18, 2021, and is now with her husband of 59 years, Bob Koger, in a place without pain or sorrow. Eileen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, April 16, 1935. She was the second of four children of John (Jack) Victor and Laura Evelyn Smith. Eileen grew up in Omaha during the Great Depression and WW II, attending the Catholic grade school there. In 1950, her dad was given the option of transferring to a town in western Kansas or to Chickasha, Oklahoma, by his employer Bond Bread Company. He drove down to look at the Kansas location one Sunday and came home and told everyone they were moving to Oklahoma. Eileen attended Chickasha HS and graduated in 1953. Following that she attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha for three years. Since she couldn't decide on a major, she quit college and began working as an assistant for an ear, nose and throat doctor. That turned out to be a wonderful decision, since it enabled her to meet the love of her life, Robert H. Koger, when he came in as a patient. They were married in 1959 and she continued working while Bob finished college. Eileen quit working when their first daughter, Laura, was born, shortly before Bob graduated. Fourteen months later their second and last daughter, Cheryl, was born. Fortunately since her husband had graduated from college and started working at Tinker AFB, she was able to stay home and take care of her girls. Once her daughters graduated from high school she went back to work in the medical practice of an orthopedic doctor, George Jay, where she stayed until she retired for good.Eileen has been a member of Christ the King church since 1962, when the family moved to the Village. She was a longtime member of the choir and sang beautifully, in the choir and to her kids at home. Through the years, she volunteered for the Village Library, was a Girl Scout troop leader and a homeroom mother at CK Catholic School for several years.She had a soft spot for animals and and convinced to adopt several cats and dogs from her grown children. She couldn't ever stand to see one homeless or abused. Fortunately her husband felt the same, so they never seemed to disagree over keeping the animals. About the time they ran out of animals, their grandson Quinn was born and kept them busy. Eileen wouldn't have been surprised to see Quinn walk on water, since she thought he was the best thing in the world.She will be dearly missed, but we know she is in heaven now and at peace.Eileen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Robert Hall Koger, her parents Jack and Laura Smith, and her older sister Patricia Baker.She is survived by daughter Lauri Smithee & husband Derek; daughter Cheri Moody & grandson Quinn Moody, all of Edmond; sister Jackie Kimbrell of Ferris, TX; and brother Mike Smith & wife Carole of Okla City; as well as many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held Friday Jan 22, 6 pm - 8 pm @ Smith & Kernke, N. May, OKC. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Saturday, January 23 at Christ the King Catholic Church.
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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Christ the King Catholic Church

1401 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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