Marilyn H. Cochran

July 9, 1927August 16, 2014

Marilyn H. Cochran East Lansing, MI

Marilyn H. Cochran 87, loving wife of Bill Cochran, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at her home. Marilyn was born on July 9, 1927 in Saginaw, MI to John W. and Emma (Fischer) Holmquist. On September 15, 1951 she married William John Cochran who survives her. They were married nearly 63 years. Marilyn taught in the Okemos Public Schools as a Reading Specialist for many years. She was also a very active volunteer for many worthy organizations. Marilyn will always be remembered as a very loving and generous friend to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, June Holmquist St. John.

Services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the East Lansing Prime Time Senior Program, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823; Capital Area Literacy Coalition, 1028 E. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48906; The Michigan Historical Museum Docent Guild Association, 702 W. Kalamazoo, PO Box 30740, Lansing, MI 48909; or to a charity of your choice.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be shared with the family at


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Melissa Carlson Eiben

August 30, 2014

This remarkable woman was my beloved Godmother. She has mentored me all my life, religiously sending annual birthday gifts and long, newsy, interesting letters. She was a lifelong friend of my parents in Iron Mountain and a lifelong mentor of mine. I will miss her presence in my life but cherish my memories of her. I thank God for her beautiful, intelligent, caring presence in this world. For it, I am immensely humbled and grateful.

Melissa Eiben

August 30, 2014

"Manya" was a dear family friend. She and Bill were lifetime friends of my parents. She was my Godmother - one who never forgot my birthday and honored it with thoughtful gifts and long, newsy, interesting letters. She mentored me from birth through adulthood. She expressed a deep concern and interest in my life. It meant so very much to me. I always looked forward to Bill and Manya's annual visits to the UP. I am deeply saddened in losing her, my life's "cheerleader". God bless and keep Manya for who she was and what she meant to me and my family. With love, I thank her for the beautiful spirit she was. Melissa (Carlson) Eiben

Rita Klein

August 29, 2014

I was privileged to meet Marilyn and you at the Michigan Historical Center. Marilyn was so cheerful and inspiring. I will always remember her joyful smile.

Jennifer Sochor

August 28, 2014

Missed her smiling face at the museum. I've enjoyed talking with both Marilyn and Bill and glad that I got to meet them at the museum. Prayers and thoughts go out to Bill.

Thomas Cleary

August 28, 2014

Our sincere sympathy to you Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tom and Barbara Cleary

August 25, 2014

Marilyn was a good friend, a wonderful teacher to work with and a loving person. I will cherish the memories I have of working together in Okemos.

Linda Gonzalez

August 25, 2014

Our sincere sympathy to the family of Marilyn Cochran. We read of her passing in the Iron Mountain Daily News. Although we did not ever meet Marilyn, My husband Harlan often spoke of Bill who took photo's of my husband and two brothers when they were about 5, 6, and 7 years old and Bill was still in High School.The three Walters Boys are all in their 80's now.
About 30 some years ago Bill came to our home in Iron Mountain and delivered some more pictures of the Walters boys. Harlan's father Howard worked for and helped in the beginning of the Cochran Frieght Lines started by Bill's father, in Iron Mountain.So Harlan's memories of the Cochrans continue to this day.
He and I were also very pleased to see that he and Marilyn made a nice Scholarship to Iron Mountain High School not too many years ago and wanted to thank them for their gift to his hometown. May God's blessings bring comfort to Bill and all who loved Marilyn.
Our sympathy and prayers,

Harlan and Orice Walters
Iron Mountain, MI 49801

August 24, 2014

I taught in Okemos as a Reading Consultant with Marilyn. She was always dedicated to her students. I was so sorry to learn of her passing. Her family is in My thoughts.
Sharon Carter Williamston,Michigan

Catherine Fox/Lundy

August 23, 2014

Our family was so blessed to know and love both Marilyn and Bill. We were so sad to learn of Marilyn's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are surely with Bill and all those who loved her.