About Mary Koch

IMG_20160515_155033715_HDRMary Koch is a veteran news reporter and editor. She was an Associated Press editor before marrying John E. Andrist in 1979, when she joined him in editing and publishing the Omak (Washington) Chronicle, a rural weekly newspaper. They sold the paper in 1996, three years after John suffered a paralyzing stroke. Mary wrote about her life as John’s primary caregiver until he died in 2007. Since then she has devoted herself to “living for two.” She spent two-and-a-half years as communications coordinator for Holden Village, a retreat center in a remote valley of Washington’s North Cascade Mountains. She travels with her two dogs, Daphne and Tawny, in a small camper van, recording her observations as she goes.