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Anita Ruth Cochran Bair

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Bair Anita Ruth Cochran Bair, age 97, passed away May 14, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio on July 7, 1919. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold "Rog" Bair, parents Edgar and Ruth (Hyatt) Cochran, brothers Wesley and Paul Edgar, sisters Angeline Phillips, Imogene Coffing, and Maxine Scott and son-in-law Richard Smith. She is survived by daughters, Nancy (James) Johnston of Powell, OH, Patricia Smith of Empire, MI, Jo Anne (Richard) McClead of Gahanna, OH; and son, Roger (Gwenn) Bair of Westerville, OH; grandchildren, Diane (Chris) Bricker, Darren (Kristin) Smith, Ryan (Amanda) McClead, Rebecca (Chad) Pratt, Megan (Scott) Anzur, Erin Curtis, Waverly (David) Eisenbart, and Wyndra Bair; great grandchildren, Cole and Hunter Linville, Spencer and Cameron Smith, Samuel and Jackson Anzur, Jessa and Erica Curtis, Courtney, Rachael, and Nikki Bricker; sisters, Peggy Murphy of Zanesville, OH and Katherine Brown of Fredericktown, OH; sister-in-law Arlene Cochran of Mt. Vernon, OH; and brothers-in-law, Harry S. (Peg) Bair of Georgetown, TX and Jack (Maurine) Scott of Mt. Vernon, OH. She is also survived by her new family at Willow Brook Christian Home; the entire staff (nurses, aides, maintenance, housekeeping, kitchen and serving staff, physical therapy, etc.); "Table #1", Bob and Carrie, Betty, Esther, and Roy; neighbor, Lena; crooner, Donny; and bingo partner, Jerry. We can never thank you enough for loving and caring for our mother as if she were your mother. We all lost a great mom on Mother's Day but it was what she did bestmothered everyone. Anita graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1937. She and "Rog" married in 1941 and moved to Yellow Springs, Ohio where they lived until moving to Columbus, OH in 1961. In 2003 they moved to Gahanna, OH where she lived until moving to Willow Brook Christian Home Assisted Living. She retired from Columbus Public Schools having worked in Food Services. Her career in cafeteria work was emblematic of her desire to feed anyone who came to visit. There was always food but her roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, cinnamon rolls and pies will never be matched. She was a member of Eastview United Methodist Church, Whitehall, OH but while living at Willow Brook enjoyed the Sunday afternoon worship services provided by various Columbus area Church of Christ denominations. Funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m, Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Eastview United Methodist Church, 1045 Ross Rd, Whitehall, OH. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Reverend John J. Manos officiating. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice and Willow Brook Christian Home for their support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willow Brook Christian Home, 55 Lazelle Rd. Columbus, OH 43235. Arrangements by EVANS FUNERAL HOME, 4171 E. Livingston Ave. www.evansfuneralhome.net

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 16, 2017
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