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Jane Cochran

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NORFOLK — Jane Cochran, 91, Norfolk, formerly of the Laurel area, died Jan. 25, 2020, at a Norfolk care center.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m., March 7, at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, Sioux City, Iowa. Burial will be at Graceland Park Cemetery, Sioux City. No visitation is planned.

Alma Jane, the daughter of William and Grace (Lorance) Ellyson, was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Newcastle. She was raised on a farm and attended country school near Newcastle. During high school, she moved into Newcastle and worked as a waitress until graduating from Newcastle High School. Jane married Hubert “Duffy” Allen Cochran March 1, 1947, in Sioux City and they had six children. Jane and Duffy made their home in Sioux City and then moved to Willmar, Minn., for a short time for Duffy’s work with the railroad. They moved back to a farm near Newcastle and later moved into town. Jane worked at Lund Upholstery. She and Duffy had made their home in South Sioux City and Laurel. Duffy died Sept. 4, 2000. Recently, Jane made her home in Norfolk to be closer to family.

Jane was an active member of the Newcastle Congregational Church, where she taught Sunday school and had been a Legion Auxiliary member.

She enjoyed quilting, sewing and reading. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Jane is survived by five children, Gordon (Patricia) Cochran, Lake View, Iowa; John (Dena) Cochran, Le Mars, Iowa; Virginia Cochran, South Sioux City; Gale Anderson, Norfolk; and Nancy (David) Jones, Chappell; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one brotherin-law, Gordon Hansen, Dixon; one sister-in-law, Marion Ellyson, Laurel; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Patrick Allen Cochran; four brothers, Lawrence, John, Lewis and Marvin; and one sister, Celia.