Ethel Ilene Montgomery Koger

Ethel Ilene Koger began the final journey of her life on July 17, 2019 when she passed away after a long illness. She was the daughter of Norman L. and Alvena Widiger Montgomery, and was born on the 19th of April, 1925 in Morrison, OK. Most of her life was lived in Oklahoma. She married Robert L. Koger on October 21st, 1951 in Ponca City, OK. They were married by the Rev. Charlie Shedd. Ethel and Robert lived for a while in Arkansas City, KS. In 1955 they moved to Ponca City and have resided there ever since.

Ethel spent her working life in the food service industry, including 21 years at the Ponca City Country Club.

Her lifelong hobby was Genealogy and researching her own family history. She and her sisters took many trips to other states to look through dusty courthouse records and search old cemeteries for family names. Ethel traced two family lines back as far as Charlemagne of France. She was a member of the Jamestowne Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Huguenot Society, Colonial Dames, and John Gaither Descendants.

Her survivors are her beloved children: Norman J. Koger, Robert E. Koger, Elizabeth Lynn Lindsay and husband Robert, all of Winnemucca, NV, Larry Koger and wife Donna of Wichita, KS, and her sister Joyce Williams-Wahler of Arkansas City, KS. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren that she loved very much, along with six nieces and a nephew and numerous cousins who were all very important in her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, sisters Lila Brokaw and Phyllis Tharp, and a great granddaughter.

Even though she was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Church, and received most of her education in Lutheran Schools, she was not able to maintain her faith in the biblical God. “We are alive and we are here, that is all we can know with absolute certainty. Neither religion nor science can give us an answer as to what comes next. There may be something out there, and there may be nothing out there. I will soon find out and wish I could let you know.”

Ethel chose cremation over conventional burial. No services are planned at this time, however, a Life Celebration for her will be held at a later date with family and friends.

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