We will be celebrating the life of Dorothy Cochran, lifelong Enid resident, 1:30 p.m. today April 28, 2017, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Pastor Wade Burleson presiding.
Dorothy Jean Keeton was born April 1, 1931, to Ernest and Willie Belle (Brown) Keeton.
A graduate of Enid High School, she married her junior high sweetheart and the love of her life, Howard Cochran, Dec. 26, 1948.
After a few moves, while Howard was deployed with United States Air Force, they came back to reside in Enid permanently, where they raised their family and cultivated many lasting friendships.
After suffering a debilitating stroke in October 2016, Dorothy passed away peacefully on April 26, 2017, surrounded in love by her family.
All who knew her would know that she would want this portion of her life marked in just the same way as she lived, in joyous celebration.
Dorothy was an example of how to live well. How to give whole heartedly, and how to live with purpose, never slowing down. She exemplified the term, "young at heart."
Up until last year, she was challenging her grandchildren to "planking contests" and was running circles around her Canasta card group, most of whom were more than twenty years her junior.
Skilled in Facebook and Facetime, her only regret may be not buying an iPhone. Known for her elegance and class, she was truly one of a kind. She was notorious for her quick wit and one-liners that kept everyone laughing.
On Friday nights, she was a fixture at Oakwood Country Club, and when she was not at "The Club," she could always be found entertaining. She was a gracious hostess who loved to have her home filled with her dearest family and friends.
She was a fantastic cook with impressive culinary skills. Her fried chicken, and sausage biscuits and gravy, were legendary.
Above all, her greatest joy and accomplishment was her family. She was a devoted wife of 57 years, loving mother and the greatest Mama.
One of the most sincere compliments was that she was often referred to as a "second mom," touching the lives of many. Her heart was as big as her personality and she will be sorely missed.
She is survived by two daughters: Jan Ronck and husband, Rick of Oklahoma City, Jill Frye and husband, Matt of Cypress, Texas, and five grandchildren: Abbey Ronck, Taylor Guttery and her husband, Darrell, Caitlin Merritt and her husband, Jeffrey, Keeton Frye and Marshall Frye and the newest member of her family, Lee Brady, her very best friend and partner for the last 10 years, thank you for making her so happy.
The Cochran family extends their sincerest thanks to those who loved and stood by Dorothy's side over the last six months. We could not have managed without you.
To Beth Wise and the staff at Concordia Life Care Community, thank you for caring for and loving her like your own.
And to her many, many great friends, thank you for all the love and support. You are truly the "charming gardeners" of her life.
Memorials may be made to The Concordia Community Scholarship Program and YWCA, with the Funeral Home acting as custodians of the fund.
Condolences may be made on-line at www.EnidWeCare.com.
Published on April 27, 2017