Athena I. Cochran, 82, Lewiston

Sunday, May 27, 2007

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Athena Inez Cochran, 82, a resident of Lewiston and former resident of Kamiah, died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

She was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Seattle to William T. and Mabel Estop Davis. Her father worked in logging camps and other various jobs around the Seattle area while she was young, so she attended many schools.

She married Howard E.Cochran Sept. 15, 1945, at Enumclaw, Wash. A year later, in 1946, she gave birth to their son, Michael, and together the family moved to Alaska where they lived for two years. They moved to Bremerton, Wash., where she gave birth to her daughter, Karren, in 1948. They later moved back to Enumclaw and she went to work for Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance.

In 1963 they moved to Kamiah, where she went to work driving a bus for the local senior citizens. She took them on several outings, including trips to Jackpot, Nev., and Seattle. Her van was affectionately named "Recycled Teenagers."

Her husband died Oct. 23, 1997, and in 1998 she decided to move to Lewiston to be closer to family.

She was an avid sports fan, who was often found in front of the television watching her favorite team, the Seattle Mariners, play baseball. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events. She enjoyed gardening and was well known for her dill pickles and pickled carrots. She was a loving, giving, caring person who will leave a hole in the lives of everyone she touched.

Survivors include her daughter, Karren and husband Don Taylor of Lewiston; and her son, Michael and wife Janis Cochran of Redmond, Wash.; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

At her request, cremation has taken place and no public services will be held. She will be buried next to her husband in Warren, Idaho, near McCall. Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston is in charge of arrangements.

The grandchildren remember asking, "Grandma, do you need anything?" Her response was always the same: "Nope, I'm fine

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