Elizabeth (Betty) Ann McCormick Cochran passed away comfortably in her sleep on April 8, 2020, during covid after a long and fulfilling life. The family will hold a belated celebration of life and services at their beloved church, First United Methodist Church in Central and Missouri, on Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m. and hope all who remember her will attend. . She was born to Elwin “Mac” McCormick and Clara Kennedy McCormick on September 4, 1924 in Kalamazoo Michigan with an older sister Mary. Her father was a mechanic and engineer for the Holly Sugar Company, maintaining, designing and building sugar beet factories and she grew up as a “sugar beet” girl in Swink, Delta and La Junta, Colorado and in high school in Torrington, Wyoming where she made many lifelong friends. She then went to Colorado Women’s College, then returned to Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Western Michigan University to earn a degree in Occupational Therapy (OT). After graduating, she worked in Baltimore and then at Colorado Mental Hospital in Pueblo Colorado. Her cousin Jack Kennedy introduced her to one of his high school buddies, Ira “Ike” Cochran. It clicked. They were married in Torrington Wyoming on June 17, 1947 and were married for 44 years. They immediately traveled to Glacier National Park where Ike had a summer job for his forestry studies at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University). They enjoyed life and spent two beautiful summers at Yellowstone National Park for Ike’s summer jobs. In December 1949, she had the surprise of her life – twins John and Jerry. She didn’t know she was having twins until the doctor told her there was another baby in there (before the ultrasound). Ike got his dream job with the US Forestry Service and was stationed first in Jacob Lake and then in Williams, Arizona where his third son, Mark, was born in 1953 (Yes, Williams had a hospital in 8 bed – 5 day stay for under over $300). Due to family growth, the family moved to Phoenix in 1953 where Ike took a job with Allstate Insurance Company which he held until his retirement in 1987. Mom, Betty, to friends, later grandmother Betty and last GG Badge of Honor Betty, was a caring, kind and considerate woman who valued kindness, her faith, family and education above all else. She found and became a member of the First United Methodist Church in 1955 and throughout her life was active in women’s society and in many church functions. She pushed for education and, along with other neighborhood mothers, pushed the Alhambra School District to build the Robert E. Simpson School in Missouri and 23rd Avenue to open in 1956. John and Jerry were among the first to start and go through all 8 levels. His push for education continued to ensure that all of his sons went to college. She did well. John, PHD Economics University of Colorado, Dean of the Metropolitan State Business School in Denver, Mark PhD Agriculture Economics, Michigan State University, Vice President of the University of Arkansas, and Jerry, the Black Sheep, Attorney. She volunteered as an occupational therapist at the Samuel Gompers Institute when the children were in school and volunteered for many years with the Salvation Army and Justicenter. Betty also had the travel bug / wanderlust – she always wanted to see what happened around the next bend, whether it was on a family vacation with the kids (never in the same place for more than two days), taking 6+ weeks with Ike in the fifth wheel camper after retirement, traveling on the Rhine with John and Ann, following Mark to conventions, and many trips with his travel group at Vagabond Travel. Have a good trip. She spent the last ten years of her life at the Beatitudes, both in independent living and later in assisted living where she had many friends. We thank the staff and those present at the Beatitudes. She enjoyed all of her grandchildren immensely and later became GG Betty for her great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband Ike, her son John and her sister Mary. She is survived by her sons, Jerry (Carol), Mark (Alicia), Ann in Denver, John’s wife, her grandchildren Sarah (Alex), Julie (Jonathan), Idiz and Andrew, and her great-grandchildren. grandchildren. Caitlin, Jade, Scarlet and Sylvia Scout. Souvenirs can be sent to his favorite charities, the First United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army or UMOM (United Methodist Outreach Ministry).
Posted July 15, 2022
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First United Methodist Church of Central and Missouri
July 27, 2022 at 09:00