Obituary of Sally Marie Koch Kirkbride
Sally Marie (Nelson) Koch Kirkbride, 86, a resident of Lower Salford Township, PA for 32 years, passed away Thursday night, March 3, 2022, at Gwynedd Square Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She and her husband, Jon Mahlon Kirkbride, observed their 31st wedding anniversary on September 12th of last year.
Born April 15, 1935, in Abington, PA, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Isabelle (Elliott) Nelson. She was a graduate of Abington High School.
An aviation enthusiast, Mrs. Kirkbride was a pilot and flight instructor for many years. She was an owner of Gull Aviation out of Doylestown Airport and Quakertown Airport. She was also employed with Mystic Mechanical for 25 years.
Mrs. Kirkbride was a member of Bethel Hill United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Edward Koch and his wife, Vera Jane, of Annville, PA; two daughters, Betsy Kehoe and her husband, Mark, of North Wales, PA, and Polly Koch and her husband, Greg Russell, of Perkasie, PA; and two stepchildren, Jon Kirkbride, Jr. of Clermont, FL, and Janet Linberg of Claymont, DE. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, six step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.
Mrs. Kirkbride was preceded in death by a son, Clint Koch (husband of Elaine of Norristown, PA); a stepdaughter, Kathleen Friedman; and two brothers, Walter and Henry Nelson.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 11am on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, 2000 Bethel Road, Lansdale, PA 19446, where family will receive friends for her viewing from 9:30am-10:45am. Interment will be private. For those desiring, contributions may be made in her memory to the church above or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.