PEORIA - Voda Cochran, age 96, of Peoria passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Courtyard Estates in Peoria, surrounded by her family.
Voda was born to Martin and Mabel Engquist-Heindselman on Nov. 24, 1917. She married Robert Miller, who died shortly after. She was then married to Dallas Cochran for 25 years.
Voda is survived by a foster son, David Taylor of Morton; one brother, Robert Heindselman, and one sister, Maxine Keith, both of Peoria; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both of her husbands; an adopted son, Dean Cochran; one sister, Jane Kagel; one infant brother, Bill; and one infant daughter, Margaret Ann.
In her young life, she worked as a tailor. She devoted her working years and much of her life to mentally challenged children, working for PARC (EP!C) as a teacher. She loved every minute of her time with PARC and volunteered at the Apostolic Home for the Handicapped in Morton. She also volunteered at the Children's Home and Saint Francis Hospital.
She was a very loving person and had many people who loved her dearly. She will be missed greatly.
She was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Peoria, where her funeral will be on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. The Rev. Dr. James Lillie and her nephew, the Rev. Ron Rasmus, will officiate.
The family wishes to thank the UnityPoint Health-Methodist Hospice team, UnityPoint Health-Methodist Palliative Care and the lovely nurses and CNAs at Courtyard Estates for their kindness and care of Voda.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Home for the Handicapped in Morton; her church, First English Lutheran Church; or UnityPoint Health-Methodist Hospice.
Funeral arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria.
Online condolences may be made at www.woolsey-wilton.com.
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