Elizabeth Cochran

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Elizabeth Cochran, 94, of Lewisburg, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Maury Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Cochran was a native of Mingo Junction, Ohio, and daughter of the late Logan Emery and Viola Park Bellamy. Her family moved to Lewisburg when she was 18 years old. She started in the work force in the finance office at Camp Forrest in Tullahoma. Then State Representative Jim Nance McCord recommended Elizabeth "Lib" for a State Department job that got her assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, during World War II. She traveled all over Europe and was in Paris when three bombs were dropped on the city.

She returned to Lewisburg in 1947 and worked for the City of Lewisburg as a secretary for one year and moved on to Sam Linton Pencil Company as Sam's personal secretary. In 1961 the city went through some changes and she became City Treasurer. After 20 years with the City of Lewisburg, she became office manager and corporate secretary for Walker Die Casting, working until January 2010.

Lib has been an active member of the First United Methodist Church for years. She kept the books for the Methodist Day Care for many years.

She was a charter member and very active in the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, a non-profit service organization for women in business. She was very active with the Republican Women of Marshall County.

When she married widower Henard Cochran in 1955 she became a stepmother to Wayne Cochran who died in 1997. His wife, Ruth Baxter Cochran still lives in the area. Lib is survived by one sister, Mildred B. Tankersley (Allen) of Milton, Fla.; two grandchildren, Lisa Martin (Crawford) of Murfreesboro and Troy Cochran (Lorie) of Dallas, Ga.; and four great-grandchildren, Cooper and Abbey Martin of Murfreesboro, and Kelsey and Trevor Cochran of Dallas, Ga.

Lib rode in the 2013 Christmas Parade after being named Senior Citizen of the Year by the Lewisburg Rotary Club.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Lewisburg First United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in Lone Oak Cemetery.

The family will be at the church from 1 p.m. until the service time for visitation.

London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.