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Virginia York-Cochrane

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Virginia York-Cochrane Obituary


Asheville - Virginia York - Cochrane, 104, died Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the WNC Baptist Home in Asheville. She was born June 7, 1909 in Covington, Kentucky and moved to Asheville at the age of six with her family.

She was a graduate of St. Genevieve-of-the Pines. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph H. Wehry; mother Frances Linskey Wehry; sisters, Marie Troitino, Frances Hannan, Marguerite Thompson; little brother Joe Wehry; first husband, Arthur Andrew York; second husband, Girdwood Cochrane and sons, Don Joseph York and Arthur Robert York.

Virginia was an avid bridge player, member of the Women's Civic Club, a Eucharistic minister at St. Eugene's Catholic church, loved to travel and held an active real estate license until she was ninety-five years old. She and her first husband, Arthur York were active in the real estate business and she worked as his partner in York & Company for over fifty years. She loved Asheville, cherished her family and was a brave and elegant lady all of her life.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra York Smith and husband, Bob; daughter-in-law, Rebecca R. York; grandchildren, Tom Hitesman and fiancé, Erin of Gainesville, Ga., Steve Hitesman and and wife, Pam, Jim Hitesman and wife, Catherine, Laurel E. York and Joel T. York, all of Asheville; Anna Kathryn Holbrook and husband, Bruce of New Canaan, Ct., Michael York-Stephens and wife, Tammy; former daughter-in-law, Johanna York Stephens and her husband, Jim of Tucson, Arizona; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and many precious nephews and nieces.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, June 15, 2013 at St. Eugene's Catholic Church, 72 Culvern Street. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 am to 12 pm at Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue.

Donations may be made in her honor to St. Eugene's Catholic Church, 72 Culvern Street, Asheville, NC 28804, CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or .

The family is grateful to the wonderful health care providers during her eight years at the

Baptist Home.

Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from June 14 to June 15, 2013
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