Originally created 05/24/04

Mrs. Jane Cochran (AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga.)

AVONDALE ESTATES, Ga. - Mary Jane Strauss Cochran died May 22, 2004 at home under the care of Odyssey Hospice and her family and friends. She was born March 25, 1935, the daughter of Samuel Edward Strauss and Mary Jane Owens Strauss of Augusta, Ga. She grew up in Statesboro, graduated in 1953 from Statesboro High School, attended the University of Georgia from 1953 to 1955, graduated from the X-Ray Technology School at University Hospital in Augusta in 1956, and from Trinity University in Deerfield, Ill., in 1991, with a bachelor's degree in Communications. She was a long-time member of Decatur First United Methodist Church. She founded the DFUMC Prayer Group and a cancer support group. She led grief recovery groups, Experiencing God courses, and many Bible studies and Sunday School classes at home, at church, and at the United Methodist Children's Home in Decatur, where she also worked as a volunteer librarian, volunteer chair of the Auxiliary book room, a nd part-time secretary in Personnel. She counseled unwed mothers at the Atlanta Care Center, served as the Coordinator of Volunteer Counselors from 1991 to 1998, and shared her home with women in times of crisis. She was an avid reader, gardener, scrapbooker, family historian, and letter-writer. She exemplified the spirit of lay ministry, volunteerism, hospitality, and encouragement. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Beverly O. Cochran, Jr., the administrator of the United Methodist Children's Home since 1969; daughter, Pamela Jane Kirkwood of Dayton, Tenn.; son, Dr. B. Bamett Cochran and daughter-in-law, Mary Stevens Cochran of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; grandchildren, Elizabeth Kirkwood, David Muecke, Joseph Cochran, Johnson Cochran, and Benjamin Cochran; brother, Sam E. Strauss, Jr., of Anderson, S.C.; nephews, Dr. Kenneth Strauss and Robert Strauss; niece, Kathryn Wilcox; and cousins, Patricia Mangum of Augusta, Ga., and Grace Kisner of Greenville, S.C. Jane's family would like t o thank our dear friends for the caretaking, cards, visits, flowers, meals, gifts, chores, and errands over the last three and a half years. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6 until 9 p.m. at A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be held May 26, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at Decatur First United Methodist Church, and officiated by Bishop Dr. Bevel Jones, the Rev. Dr. Wilton A. Moulder, and the Rev. Dr. David Naglee. A graveside service will follow at 4 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta, officiated by the Rev. C. W. Edwards. Memorials may be made to The United Methodist Children's Home, 500 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur, Ga. 30030. A. S. Turner & Sons Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle May 24, 2004


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