Margery Alef Koch
died December 31, 2013 at the age of 87. She was born June 4, 1926, in Davenport, Iowa to Adelaide and Blair Johnson, a School Teacher and a Naval Officer. She attended Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, and was affiliated with the Delta Gamma sorority and the P.E.O. sisterhood.
Falling in love, she and Phil Alef were married in 1948. The young couple made their home in Detroit, and moved to Algonac in 1959. Margery spent her days as a homemaker establishing roots in the community and raising their three children. Phil worked as a Styling Designer for General Motors. Due to his passing in 1977, Margery educated herself as a real estate broker in New Mexico. Years later she married long-time family friend Art Koch whom she cherished until his death. Adventurous again she and her sister Blaire opened a historic B&B in Sumter, SC. Margery devoted the last chapter of her life in Michigan surrounded by the comfort of her friends and family.
A woman of diverse interests, Margery loved books and boating, and was active in the Athena Club, Garden Club, Friends of the Library, and the Historical Society. She served on the zoning board and on the committee that established the Algonac Art Fair. She was passionate advocate for children, veterans and the disadvantaged.
An exquisite women, she was delightful, strong and kind.
Margery is survived by her children
Andrew Alef, Wood Alef and Julie Alef; grandchildren Scott (Nicole) Alef, Meghan Alef, Taylor Alef, and Brice Alef; and great-granddaughter, Tenaya Jendza. She was preceded in death by her sister Blair Duffy earlier in 2013. Margery is survived by her loving sister, Johnnye Locke of Raleigh NC. She will be fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews of the Alef, Bauhof, Burnham, Duffy and Wells families.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday February 8, 2014, in the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac, MI. Visitation Saturday 1:00 PM until time of service.