Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the April 10, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Paul Marian (Florence) Cochrane SNJM

Sister Marian Cochrane, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, died March 31 in Spokane at the age of 82.

The funeral was celebrated April 4 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

She was born Feb. 20, 1926, in Wallace, Idaho, the eldest of three daughters. Her family had moved to Spokane when she was small, where she attended St. Joseph Grade School, taught by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and Marycliff High School, taught by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Upon graduation, Florence worked as a receptionist and typist for an optometrist before entering the Holy Names community in 1946. She professed her vows in 1948 and began her teaching career while continuing her education at Holy Names College, earning a BA in education. She furthered her education at Seattle University, graduating with an MA in education.

She taught students from grades three-eight for 31 years, mostly in Spokane and Seattle parochial schools. For her second career, an extension of the first, she studied for work as a Religious Education Coordinator, which she applied at St. Francis of Assisi, Bend, Ore., and St. Joseph, Issaquah, Wash., for 10 years.

In 1991, she worked as receptionist at Holy Names Academy in Seattle until her move to Spokane in 1997 to retire. She continued to minister as a volunteer at Our Place Ecumenical Ministries.

She came to the Convent of the Holy Names in 2005, and was diagnosed with cancer shortly thereafter.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Drive, Spokane, WA 99224.

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