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Maxine Y. and Alvin B. COCHRAN

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

Maxine Yvonne Murrow Cochran
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Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

ENID ó Maxine Yvonne Cochran was born Oct. 18, 1924, to Frank and Ada Murrow at the family home near Waynoka in Woods County, Okla. She departed this life in Harper, Kan., on April 30, 2011, at the age of 86.

She spent her childhood on a farm west of Cherokee, Okla., and attended Pleasant Hill, a country elementary school near her home. After graduating from eighth grade she attended Lambert High School and graduated in 1941. She then attended Northwestern State College in Alva, Okla.

On March 26, 1944, Maxine married A.B. Cochran. They lived on a farm south of Jet, Okla., where they began farming and ranching. In 1956 they made their home in Cherokee, Okla. They shared a loving marriage for over 67 years.

In addition to helping with the farming operation, Maxine was a devoted housewife and enjoyed spending time in her yard. She was a member of Willing Workers Home Demonstration Club and Golden Circle Social Club. She also served on the Alfalfa County Election Board for many years. She was a talented seamstress and a wonderful cook who made delicious chocolate pies. Maxine's family was her top priority and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the light of her life.

She is survived by her husband, A.B. Cochran of the home; sister, Phyllis Goss of Pratt, Kan.; daughter, Sandra Smith and husband Dr. Bill Smith of Oklahoma City, Okla.; twin sons, Gary Cochran of Cherokee, Okla., and Larry Cochran and wife Christy Cochran of Jet, Okla.; 11 grandchildren, Dr. Trevor Smith, Travis Smith, Camree Belknap, Caredy Stanley, Courtney Cochran, Trina Reeves, Ashley Wilson, Anthony Cochran, Nicholas Cochran, Dillon Cochran and Riley Cochran; 11 great-grandchildren, Zakiah Reeves, Sean Reeves, Abigail Reeves, Emma Reeves, Ethan Cochran, Adrian Cochran, Chasidy Cundiff, Cody Cundiff, Madeline Belknap, Noah Stanley and Charlotte Smith.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Murrow of Cherokee, Okla., and Russell Murrow of Alva, Okla.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Lanman Funeral Home Inc. Chapel, Cherokee, with Dr. Trevor W. Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Viewing will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. and before the service on Wednesday.

Condolences may be given to the family at www.lanm anmemorials.com.

Alvin Cochran
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Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

© Lanman Memorials

Alvin "A.B." Cochran passed away on October 12, 2017 after a short illness at the age of 93. He touched many lives with his gentle and kind spirit. A. B. was born and raised in the farming community of Cherokee, and Lambert, Oklahoma. He was the younger son of Elsie and Frank Cochran.

After graduating from Lambert High School in 1942 he joined the Merchant Marines with his lifelong friend Loyd Stout. They were together on numerous dangerous trips across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans carrying World War II supply cargo. Many ships in the large convoys were sunk by submarines and aircraft at sea and large cannons high in the mountains as the ships approached land.

While home on leave, he married his high school sweetheart Maxine Murrow on March 26, 1943. A. B. and Maxine had three children and lived on farms south of Jet and west of Cherokee before moving to Cherokee where they lived for over 60 years.

A.B. graduated from Northwestern State College with a Masterís Degree in Mathematics. After graduation, he taught Math at Cherokee High School, and he also continued farming and ranching. His students always remarked about what a great teacher he was, how kind he was, and how he always had time for them. A.B. continued to farm until his death. He believed in leaving a farm better than he found it. The Alfalfa County Conservation District awarded A.B. the Cropland Improvement Award for 2015.

A.B. could not stop talking about how proud he was of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Maxine, his loving wife of 67 years; his brother, Glen Cochran and wife, Myra of Oklahoma City.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Smith and husband, Dr. Bill Smith of Oklahoma City; his twin sons, Gary Cochran of Cherokee and Larry Cochran and wife, Christy of Jet; his grandchildren: Rev. Dr. Trevor Smith and wife, Allyson of Oklahoma City; Camree Belknap and husband, Dean of Flower Mound, Texas; Dr. Travis Smith and wife, Becca of Colombia, Missouri; Caredy Stanley and husband, Chad of Wichita, Kansas; Trina Reeves and husband, Jarom of Harper, Kansas; Courtney Blau, and husband, Ed of Oklahoma City; Ashley Wilson and husband, Cory of Cherokee; Anthony Cochran of Alva; Nicholas Cochran, Dillon Cochran, and Riley Cochran of Cherokee; his great-grandchildren: Zakiah Reeves, Sean Reeves, Abigail Reeves, Emma Reeves, Madeline Belknap, Noah Stanley, Abigail Stanley, Charlotte Smith, Avery Smith, Ethan Cochran, Adrian Cochran, Colby Wilson, Colton Wilson, Abram Smith, and Ozni Smith; nephews: Wendell Cochran and Jim Cochran and families.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Lanman Funeral Home in Cherokee with Dr. Trevor Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Lanman Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to First Christian Church of Cherokee or Stamp Out Starvation at stampoutstarvation.com.

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