Sarah Ruth Sawyers Cochran

February 1, 1943February 23, 2013

Sarah Ruth Cochran 1943 - 2013

Sarah Ruth Cochran, 70, of Visalia, California, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Visalia.

Sarah was born February 1st, 1943 in Kingsburg, California to Charles and Jessie Sawyers. Sarah was raised on the family farm and graduated from Kingsburg High School. She grew up with two brothers, Ronald “Corky” and Charles. In 1964, Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree from Fresno State College. She then started her career as a medical laboratory professional, working the first few years at Kaweah Delta District Hospital before joining Visalia Medical Clinic in 1969. She very much enjoyed working there and was still not ready to retire, even after 43 years.

Sarah married Thomas Franklin Cochran in 1966. They had one son together, Charles. They traveled regularly as a family along with her step-children all over California and the west. Sarah and Tom continued to enjoy traveling through the years, going often to stay in Morro Bay. Sarah was an accomplished water color artist and she also enjoyed doing wood crafts, crochet, puzzles and computer games. She was never without a book to read.

Sarah leaves her son, Charles F. Cochran and his wife, Cheryl, of Visalia; step-daughter Sharon M. Andreasen-Rowley and her husband, Scott, of Fresno; step-son Zebulon T. Cochran and his wife, Elizabeth, of Henderson, NV; and step-son Robert G. Cochran of Spokane, WA. Sarah leaves also seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Sarah was preceded in death by her brother Ronald Sawyers in 1973; her brother Charles T. Sawyers in 2012; and her beloved husband of 46 years, Thomas, in October, 2012.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Gateway Church of Visalia, 1100 S. Sowell St., Visalia, CA 93277.'

Tributes and condolences may be made at

Donations to American Cancer Society are encouraged as a memorial to Sarah. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291 (559) 732-8371.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sarah Ruth Sawyers Cochran

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Dani Shaeffer

March 16, 2013

Grandma you will be missed but never forgotten I love you very much and I'm glad I got to spend time with you before you went to be with grandpa and our Heavenly Father.... Dance and sing in heaven grandma because you are now our angel.. And don't worry grandma Ethan will know all the good memories we had as kids so he will feel like he was there :) that way he will always know you...