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Pauline Elizabeth (Whitecotton) Cochran

September 13, 1926 ~ April 3, 2018 (age 91)

Pauline E. Cochran, 91, of Carbondale, passed away April 3, 2018, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Blairsville Cemetery, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating.  

Memorial contributions may be made to The Anchor Memory Care Activity Fund, 1501 Sandbar Drive, Marion, IL 62959.

Pauline was born on September 13, 1926, in Cambria, to Ray and Madge (Chandler) Whitecotton.  She married Don Eugene Cochran on November 1, 1945, in Joplin, Missouri.  He preceded her on March 5, 2001. 

She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Kim (Dr. Michael) Kalaher of Murphysboro and Pam Reynolds of Webster Groves, Missouri; sons, Dr. Doug (Lori) Cochran of DuQuoin and Chuck (Anne) Cochran of Lake Balboa, California; sisters, Sharon (Bob) Grissom of Cambria and Aleen Flom of Cambria; brother, Joe (Anna) Whitecotton of Carbondale; grandchildren, Landon Sarver of Murphysboro, Stephanie  (Denny) Koscielski of Webster Groves, Missouri, Dylan Kalaher of Murphysboro, Jay Cochran of DuQuoin, Tim Cochran of DuQuoin, Claire Cochran of California, and Ada Westfall of Brooklyn, New York; great-grandchildren, Caitlyn and Emma Koscielski, and Dawson Sarver.  

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Madison Kalaher; sisters, Beulah Welch and Betty Whitecotton; and brothers, Albert, Herman, Bob, and Gary Whitecotton. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carbondale.

Pauline could be often be found at her favorite spot, Cracker Barrel, where she was a noted member of the Cracker Barrel Community. Family was most important to Pauline. The last words she shared, “I just like to have fun and like to be funny”. 


Donations may be made to:

The Anchor Memory Care Activity Fund
1501 Sandbar Drive, Marion IL 62959


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