Frances Elizabeth Koza (98), child of God, was born on a farm outside of Monroeville, Alabama on January 9, 1923 to Sallie and Leroy Watson. The oldest of ten children, she helped to raise her five brothers and four sisters, before graduating from Repton High School and moving to Pensacola Florida for work. She was married to Navy pilot Ralph Edwin Boggs in Dec. 1942.
Following their wedding ,she attended The College Of The Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. Lt. Boggs was killed in 1944 in WWII ‘s Pacific Theatre. In Oct. 1947 she married Navy Pilot Lt. H.D. Koza, to whom she was married for 47 years.
She spent many years as a Navy wife, and in 1963 the family moved to Dothan, Alabama, where Mrs. Koza was one of Dothan’s first Women Real Estate Agents, working for 20 years. She was an active member of Evergreen Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder, and Presbyterian Women’s Leader. It was known that when recruiting volunteers, people would say that they would just get Fran Koza to call because no one could say “NO “to her. Mrs. Koza was active in Business and Professional Women’s Club, The Ladies of The Elk, and The Retired Military Wives Club. She was known for her ingenuity, compassion, and cleverness! Above all else, she loved her God, her family, and her friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Mission Outreach Ministry of Evergreen Presbyterian or to the local Food Bank in Mrs. Koza’s name is encouraged.
O Lord, let us know our end and the number of our days, that we may learn how fleeting life is. Turn you ear to our cry, and hear our prayer. Do not be silent at our tears, for we live as strangers before you, wandering pilgrims as all our ancestors were. But you are the same and your years shall have no end. Amen.