Fran Cochran Obituary

    Fran Cochran passed away peacefully on Sept. 12, 2017, at The Beehive Memory Care Home, in Excelsior, Minn.. She was 90 years old. She will be missed by family and friends, and remembered fondly for her generosity, quick wit and humor.
     Fran was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Byron, Minn. Her family moved to Rochester when she was a young girl  and she graduated from Rochester High School, where she was a cheerleader.  She was afflicted with dementia, but could recite the Hullaballoo cheer perfectly up until her last day. Over her lifetime she had worked at Rexall drug store, Dingle and Krieger Law Office, and retired from IBM in Rochester. Her retirement jobs included West Publishing, Pepin Heights Orchard, and Hansen’s Harbor, in Lake City. Fran loved her Lake Pepin cabin, Lake City, the Mississippi River, and her Spring Hill, Fla. home.
    Fran was a life master bridge player, and also loved flea markets, playing shuffleboard, walking, travel, cooking, and buying clothes.  
    She is survived by daughter, Denise (Tim Dickson) Cochran, son, David  (Mary) Cochran; grandchildren, Chelsea, Alex (Alyssa), Emily and Logan (Kamie); great grandchildren, Cameron, Dylan and Lanie; sister, Agnes “Dahl” Bailey; nephews, nieces and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Red” Cochran, partner, Leonard Brumm, brothers Fred, Lester, Paul and Darrell Decker, son, Brent, and beloved Boston Terrier, Snoopy.
    At Fran’s request, her body was donated to the Mayo Clinic to further medical education and research.
    The family wishes to thank the remarkable staff at Williamsburg Methodist Church Respite Program in Williamsburg, Va. and The Beehive Memory Care Home of Excelsior where she received loving care during her last year.  
    Join the family to celebrate the life of this special woman on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m., at the Rochester Eagles Club, 917 15th Ave. SE with a reception to follow.
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