Barbara A. Cochran, 68

Barbara Ann Cochran, age 68, of Cokato, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident.

She was born July 20, 1945, in Cokato, to Alden and Jennie (Tormanen) Johnson.

Barb attended Cokato School.

She married Craig Cochran May 30, 1965, and they resided in Howard Lake. The couple had three children: Tammy Lea, Jessie Lea, and Nicky Lea.

For many years, Barb was a stay-at-home mom. She later moved to Cokato, and attended St. Cloud State, receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology when she was 42 years old. She worked full time for Edgewood Gables for 10 years.

Barb loved to read books or listen to them on audio tapes. She would often go to the Norseman and the Marketplace to spend hours journaling, spending time in the Lord’s presence.

Barb has always had a love of working with her hands such as woodworking, sculpting clay, gardening, reflexology, and spending time with friends; mostly she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Tammy Cochran, Jessie (Mitch) Holt, and Nicky (John) Gutormson; and grandchildren Dylan, Trevor, Kerstin, Logan, Johanna, Jada, Lincoln, and Nora.

Barb is further survived by two sisters and their husbands, Betty (Duane) Isaacson and Linda (Bob) McHolland; sister-in-law Ruth (Johnson) Schmieg; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Donald Johnson.

A celebration of Barb’s life took place Friday, Dec. 20 at Elim Mission Church in Cokato from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6 p.m.

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