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Mary Cochran

Fort Madison, Iowa


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King-Lynk Funeral Home Obituary

Mary E. Cochran, 91, of Ft. Madison and formerly of Fairfield passed away at 12:41 PM on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at The Madison. She was born on March 8, 1924 in Omaha, NE to William and Rhoda Henry Nash. Mary was adopted at age 5 by Roscoe and Audrey McCleary. She grew up in Jefferson County and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1940 and attended Parsons College. On February 21, 1946 she married Harold C. Cochran at the United Methodist Church in Fairfield, IA. Mary and Harold were involved with farming from 1946-1956 and they moved to Fairfield in 1956 where she was an office employee at Iowa Malleable Iron Company, Jefferson County Hospital and Parson College. Mary taught Sunday School and held offices with the PTA and American Legion before they moved to Ames in 1967. Mary worked at ISU from 1967-1998 in the offices of Entomology, Biology and Animal Science. She was a member of the Collegiate United Methodist Church and a volunteer with American Red Cross. Survivors include a son, Randy Cochran of Galesburg, IL; a daughter in law, Kathie Cochran of Ft. Madison; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Alan Cochran; one sister and one brother. Cremation rites have been entrusted to King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A private family graveside service will be held at Fell Cemetery in Libertyville, IA at a later date. A memorial has been established for Lee County Hospice and online condolences may be left at

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