Dorothy Ann Cochran Harlan, 90, of Columbia, passed away on March 8, 2015, at Lenoir Woods Health Care Center, Columbia. She was a resident of Boonville for 80 years before moving to Columbia. Dorothy was the granddaughter of W. J. Cochran, founder of Cochran Construction Company, often referred to as "the man who built Boonville."
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The family will receive friends at the Davis Funeral Chapel in Boonville from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 13. Graveside services will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery on Saturday, March 14, at 9 a.m., followed by a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church in Boonville at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall at the church following the service.
Dorothy Ann Cochran was born in Boonville to Mildred Swarner Cochran and James Robert Cochran on October 11, 1924. She attended the Boonville Public Schools and Central Methodist University, graduating as the highest-ranking senior in the class of 1946. She was a graduate assistant in English at Central Methodist from fall 1946 through spring 1948.
She married Lane Latimer Harlan, attorney and later Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney, on June 15, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1988.
Dorothy taught at David Barton Junior High School in 1958 and became its first full-time librarian in 1959. She then completed additional work in Library Science at the University of Missouri in the 1960s. For the next 29 years she worked as the librarian at David Barton and then Laura Speed Elliott Middle School.
For almost 80 years she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Boonville where she taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir, and served as the church's first female Ruling Elder, in addition to holding various church offices.
While she lived in Boonville she was an active member of the American Association of University Women, the GO chapter of the Boonville PEO, the Cooper County Mental Health Association and the Friends of Historic Boonville.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Lane L. Harlan, her parents, and her younger brother, James Robert Cochran, Jr.
She is survived by her brother Brent H. Cochran and his wife Betty of Shawnee, Kansas, and her sister Karen S. Tempfel and her husband E. Floyd Tempfel of Warsaw, Missouri.
Dorothy is also survived by her four children Timothy C. Harlan and his wife Linda Long Harlan of Columbia, Linnet C. Harlan and her husband Duane R. Edgington of Pacific Grove, California, Laurel C. Harlan and her husband Tom C. Brintnall of Columbia and Heather C. Harlan of Columbia.
She is also survived by six grandchildren Reed L. Harlan of Boonville, Brook L. Harlan and his wife Lyria D. Bartlett of Columbia, Lane H. Edgington of Marina, California, Piper H. Brintnall and her husband Justin M. Kelley of Columbia, Micah H. Bacus of Columbia, and Robin H. Bacus of Jacksonville, Illinois. Also surviving are three great grandchildren, Ethan R. Foster of Jacksonville, Illinois; Lane M. Kelley of Columbia; and Lyria W. "Lily" Harlan of Columbia.
She leaves her family to mourn her passing and celebrate her life. Her greatest joy was to introduce a child to the love of books. As a librarian her school terms were spent helping children improve their reading skills, while her summers were spent reading new children's books that had been nominated for national awards. She loved her job and her ability to influence the lives of children.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, Boonville, Missouri or the Boonslick Regional Library, Boonville, Missouri, c/o Davis Funeral Chapel, 1397 Ashley Road, Boonville, MO 65233
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Published in Boonville Daily News from Mar. 11 to Mar. 18, 2015