"Mrs. Mamie Rose Cochran, wife of N. J. Cochran and one of the best loved women in Livingston, died last Saturday morning at a sanitarium in Jasper. Death resulted form paralysis, caused by internal infection. Mrs. Cochran was 54 years of age at the time of death.
About 10 days ago she went to Jasper to continue with some work she had begun before the holidays in the capacity of district deputy Woodmen Circles. She was not feeling well when she left, but was not taken seriously ill until last Friday, when relatives were advised of her condition and hastened to her.
News of the passing of Mrs. Cochran brought sorrow to all Livinston, for her life was on of devoted service and her friends were many. She had been an active church worker for 40 years and had also been always ready to rally to the call of schools, the Parent-Teacher Association, any worth-while civic enterprise, or any needy family of individual.
One of the largest crowds that have ever assembled in Livingston gathered at the Central Baptist Church Sunday afternoon to pay their last tribute to Mrs. Cochran. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Friends remarked how fitting it was that she who in life so loved brightness and beauty should have had at the end so many bright-hued flowers about her.
Rev. R. A. Clifton conducted the funeral services paying tribute to Mrs. Cochran's eagerness to serve others, her devotion to the church, her habit of creating beauty where drabness had existed, and her consecrated service as a mother. "Mrs. Cochran was a big-hearted woman," the minister said, "a woman who was always ready to speak a kind word and bring help to those in trouble."
Burial was in Forest Hill cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Mrs. Cochran's nephews; Edwin and Frank Gerlach, Ernest, Carey, Truman and W. S. Cochran.
Mrs. Mamie Rose Cochran was born in Memphis Tennessee. When she was six months old, her parents moved to Polk county and here practically all of her life has been spent. She was a teacher for a number of years in Livingston and various rural schools of Polk county. In 1902 she was married to N. J. Cochran.
Since childhood Mrs. Cochran had been a lover of beauty and an artist. She was fond of painting and enjoyed making water color sketches for those whom she loved or to be used in some worthy cause. She had her painting materials with her at Jasper at the time of her death.
She was also a lover of good literature and had her memory stored with treasures from the poets and from the Bible.
Mrs. Cochran is survived by her husband; three sons, Earl of Camden, Ark; Louis of Pecos, and Jack a student in Stephen F. Austin college at Nacogdoches; an adopted daughter, Mrs. J. M. Shepherd of Galveston and one sister, Mrs. Louis Gerlach."
Submitted by Marjorie Cain on July 6, 2000
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