Mary Venable Cochrum
1939 - 2020
Mary Venable Cochrum

Jan. 22, 1939 - Nov. 28, 2020

Graveside services for Mary Venable Cochrum will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 3, 2020, at Union Cemetery near Freestone. Rev. Richard Gillet will officiate.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Mrs. Cochrum passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Wesley Woods Health Center in Hewitt.

She was born on January 22, 1939, in Waco, and grew up in Waco and graduated from University High School with the class of 1957. She furthered her education at Baylor University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in 1961 and a Master's Degree in Art Education in 1968. She married William Troy Cochrum on December 26, 1965, and shared over 52 years of marriage together before being separated by his death on July 25, 2018. The couple was inseparable most of their lives and especially loved to hunt and fish together for many years. Mrs. Cochrum worked as a teacher and owned a ceramic shop for many years. She was a Methodist by Faith.

She is survived by one son, Garnett Cochrum of Waco; one daughter, Jamie Cochrum Beard and husband, Scott, of Groesbeck; six grandchildren, Dylan Dean Cochrum and wife, Justina O'Connell, Travis Clay Cochrum, Ty Allen Rawls, Natalie Rowe Stephenson, Courtney Diane Castlow and husband, Billy, and Jesse Eldridge Beard; two great-grandchildren, Harper Mary Cochrum and Harlin Jean Cochrum; other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Cochrum was preceded in death by her husband, William Troy Cochrum; one grandson, Brandon Cole Turner; two brothers, John Venable and Robert Venable; and one daughter-in-law, Linda Marie Cochrum.

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Published by Waco Tribune-Herald on Dec. 1, 2020.
Graveside service
Union Cemetery near Freestone
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I have such fond memories of you mom & dad...they were both delightful people & I will cherish my memories of them. So very sorry for your loss. Sue Raso
Sue Raso
December 7, 2020
I loved Miss Venable/Mrs Cochrum! She was my sixth grade teacher at South Waco Elementry in 1965-66. She invited our class to her wedding, so I got to see her get married. I remember when they were leaving the ceremony, they started walking down Old Robinson Road, I think her husband hid the car down the road so no one would write on it with shoe polish! I also took art lessons from her at her studio behind the house. During summer enrichment, she picked me up and brought me home every day. She was a wonderful teacher and I think of her often! I´m so sorry for your loss! Losing your Mom is very hard and I will keep you in my prayers.
Kathleen Rhodes Gideon
December 2, 2020
My prayers and sympathy are extended to the family. Mary will truly be missed. She was a great friend.
Billie Philips
December 2, 2020
My brothers and i have the fondest memories of this beautiful lady she was our teacher at southwaco elementary . Will keep her family in our prayers during this difficult time.
Ralph, Raymond, and Irene ochoa Basquez
December 2, 2020
I attended high school with Mary and remember her so fondly, especially in our choir class. I pray her family will find peace during this very difficult time.
Mary Lee Skidmore
December 2, 2020
She was my 6th grade teacher at South Waco Elementary. A wonderful lady.She was an inspiration to me
Michael Ellis
December 1, 2020