Helen Dumas Hampton Cochran
1930 - 2020
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On Sunday, March 1 2020, Helen Dumas Hampton Cochran peacefully made her transition from this life mere days before her 90th birthday. She was deeply loved by her family and friends and those who knew her. An elementary school teacher at Garnett and Banneker schools in Gary for 35 years, Helen was born in Anne Manie, Alabama, in Wilcox County on March 8, 1930 to Isaac and Lavinia Dumas. She married Robert Hampton, Sr. on June 17th, 1950. To this union, three children were born. Robert preceded her in death in May 1971. Helen married Royal Cochran, Sr. on August 20, 1977, a devoted father of four children. Royal preceded her death in February, 2009. Helen was the last surviving sibling of her 6 sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her three children Robert Jr (Virginia) Hampton, Jane Ellis, Walter (Marguerite) Hampton, Royal Jr., Penny and Bruce Cochran, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and close friends. Helen was devoted to her faith and was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal church for 65 years. Visitation: Friday, March 13th, 12-8p.m. Family hour 6-8p.m., AKA rites 6:30pm at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Ave., Gary, IN. Homegoing service will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 11a.m. at St. Augustine's Church, 2425 W. 19th Ave., Gary, IN. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Augustine's Church.



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Published in Post-Tribune on Mar. 11, 2020.
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December 26, 2020
A mother's love is forever.

Kathryn Jane and Kathryn Adele
Kathryn Smith Diakite
March 18, 2020
So sad to hear of Aunt Helen's passing. She was a treasured addition to the Cochran family and was loved dearly.
Ellen Garlin
March 17, 2020
OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS
JOHN AND LAUREL BRIDGEMAN
March 17, 2020
Laurel Bridgeman
March 15, 2020
Walter and family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Lenore Washington
March 15, 2020
To my friend and classmate Penny my deepest condolences and prayers to your family for your loss be strong and remember that God has you all in his hands
Toni Price
March 14, 2020
That is a wonderful picture of dear Helen. Her wonderful smile, quick wit, and warm personality will always be the memory I carry of her! So glad our paths crossed for the short time I knew her. Sending my condolences to her family Catherine Cournoyer
Catherine Cournoyer
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March 14, 2020
To the family you have my deepest condolences praying fir you all Penny and Bruce hold on to Gods unchanging hands. - Ernestine Gousby Strickland. - Indianapolis Indiana
March 14, 2020
May the memories of such a wonderful Mother, Sister and Grandparent, last a lifetime, for God decided it was time to bring this Rose in for His own Table
Will & Annie Headen
March 13, 2020
Kind, sweet, soft spoken, gentle, warm, her memorable laugh and sense of humor, beautiful physically & spiritually; all those adjectives and more describe the wonderful woman I encountered on our first meeting and throughout the years! Truly unforgettable!!! My prayers for strength to move through OUR loss in the days to come, sincere sympathy and condolences to the entire family.
Lauren A. Hamer
Lauren Hamer
March 13, 2020
What a blessing it was having Mrs. Hampton as my 2nd Grade teacher in 1958 at brand new Garnett School. Beyond school, she was the mother of lifelong friend Robert and my former student Penny. To God be the Glory for a wonderful life journey!!!
Ernest Battle
March 13, 2020
Penny I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. I am so sorry for your families loss. I know how hard it is to lose your mother!! Sending virtual hugs to you.
Lori
Lorikosiarek
March 13, 2020
May your family find comfort in her loving memories.
Judy Hall
March 13, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Hampton's passing. She always treated everyone like family. Mrs. Hampton will be truly missed by all of us who knew her well.
Gregory and Dorothy Smith
March 13, 2020
To Penny & the entire FAMILY:

" I'll thank GOD every time I remember you." - Philippians 1:3.

Praying for you, too!
Linda Collins
March 13, 2020
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE TEACHER...SHE MADE ME BELIEVE ANYTHING WAS POSSIBLE!! GOD HAS SAID WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT!! REST PEACEFULLY...YOU DEFINITELY DESERVE IT!!
KRISTEN BROADNAX
March 12, 2020
St. Augustine's at Christmas
Mr. Mrs. Ben Tyler
March 12, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Hampton/Cochran family. Helen was a dear person I've know all of my life. I hope your memories bring you comfort.
Gina Shropshire
March 12, 2020
Prayers and Condolences to the family.

Sharon Dixon-Batiste
March 11, 2020
My memories of Mrs. Cochran was she was a wonderful and sweet person! I remember her calling and apologizing for not being able to attend my wedding on 8/20/77. She needed to be busy getting ready for her on wedding day. My youngest daughter was born on her birth date 3/8. She will always be remembered! Jane please accept my condolences and prayers!
Charmaine Allen
March 11, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Laoweda Dumas
Family
March 11, 2020
A beautiful person that will be missed, she always treated me and my boys with love that I will never forget. Rest in heaven Helen.

Laoweda, Isaac IV and Allen Dumas
Laoweda Dumas
March 11, 2020
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Mrs. Cochran touched many of our lives as a teacher at Banneker. She will be missed.
Chrystal Porter
March 11, 2020
Jane my deepest condolences go out to you and your family during this difficult time in the loss of your dear Mother.
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Hold on to Gods unchanging hand.
Cheryl Whiting-Hoskins
March 11, 2020
Cheryl Whiting-Hoskins
March 11, 2020
Jane and family....please find comfort in knowing that you will see your loved one again. May God strengthen you as you adjust to your new normal.
Annette Lenoir-Johnson
March 11, 2020
Remembering your great love story today and always.
Annette Lenoir-Johnson
March 11, 2020
She was a beloved teacher. She had such a great influence on my life.
Crystal Shannon
March 11, 2020
My sincerest condolences to you Penny and your family !
Linda Latimore
March 11, 2020
I'm am saddened to hear of Mrs. Cochran passing. She was my 2nd grade teacher at Garnett. I have always considered her one of my favorite teachers. To the family you have my sincere condolences. May God blessings with you all.
Nichols Don
March 11, 2020
Prayers and Condolences to the Family.
Darryl Banks
March 11, 2020
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Nathan Lovett
March 11, 2020
Sincere condolences to Jane and her entire family! God Bless you and keep you all!
Rita Green
March 11, 2020
My condolences to the Cochran family for their loss.
Robin Lee-Quinn
March 11, 2020
I'm so sorry for the Hampton & Cochran Family on their loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and my sister Jane at this very sad time. God Bless, Ken Williams & Family
March 11, 2020
Blessings to Jane and family. I cannot be there but you are in my heart and prayers always. I have loved this family for many years. Jane, know that I'm only a call away!
Diann Dabney
March 11, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of Mrs. Cochran.
Charisse Davis
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