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Josephine R. Cochran

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

PROPHETSTOWN – Josephine R. Cochran, 94, of Prophetstown, formerly of Dixon, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society – Prophets Riverview Center in Prophetstown.

She was born Sept. 11, 1919, in South Dixon Township, the daughter of William and Emily (Forster) Luke. She worked as a mental health technician for more than 15 years at Dixon Developmental Center, before her retirement in 1983.  

She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon; a past president and lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary; a volunteer driver for the Lee County Veterans Commission; a Pink Lady at KSB Hospital in Dixon; a member of the YMCA since 1972; and a member at Edgewood Golf Club in Polo since 1987.

She married Prior “Tex” Cochran on Nov. 30, 1944, in Selfridge, Michigan. He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1983.  

Survivors include her sister, Edith Eden of Farmer City; one nephew, Lee (Sally) Walls of Velrico, Florida; five nieces, Louise (R.T.) Kendall of Nashville, Tennessee, Lois (Dale) Woodcook of Meridian, Idaho, Betty (Chuck) Gilmore of Aurora, Barbara Clark of Farmers City; and special niece, Linda (Neal) Otten, who cared for her in her last years.

She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Mabel Tennant and Margaret Hess.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday and the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Richard Kramer officiating. Burial of cremains will be at Emmanuel Cemetery in Dixon. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.

Visit thejonesfh.com to send condolences.

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