Mariam Ruth (Selph) Koch, 91 of Prairie View, Ark., passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017 in Paris, Arkansas.

She was born on March 19, 1926 in Prairie View to her parents Leland and Lizzy (Cummins) Selph. She was a homemaker, a child care provider whom cared for many kids in the community and a member of St. Meinrad Catholic Church in Prairie View.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Lizzy (Cummins) Selph; her son, Phillip Koch and two brothers, Gerald Selph and Dickie Selph.

She is survived by her husband of 68years, Edward Koch; five daughters, Joan Courtney of Colcord, Oklahoma, Chris Fritsche of Midway, Sue Spicer of Subiaco, Cindy Koch of Clarksville and Sally Davis of Midway; one daughter in law, Gloria Koch of Morrison Bluff; five sons, Jim Koch of Prairie View, Gregory Koch of Prairie View, Jeffery Koch of Prairie View, David Koch of Prairie View and Scott Koch of Russellville; one sister, Kate Engel of Fort Smith; thirty one grandchildren; twenty five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Rosary service was held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017 at St. Meinrad Catholic Church in Prairie View.

A Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at St. Meinrad Catholic Church in Prairie View with Fr. John Miranda officiating. Burial followed in St. Meinrad Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Online guestbook at

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers wiere her grandchildren.