Jean K. Cochran, 83, homemaker, sailor

April 20, 2005

Jean K. Cochran, a homemaker who enjoyed ocean sailing on sloops and ketches with her husband, died of kidney failure Saturday at Heartfields of Easton, an assisted-living community where she had resided for two years. She was 83.

She was born and raised Jean Koebley in Warren, Pa., and earned a degree in French in 1942 from Bucknell University.

She was married in 1942 to Gerald L. "Bud" Cochran, who had owned G.L. Cochran Realty in Baltimore County. The couple lived for several years at Wilson Point on Middle River, briefly in the state of California, and then in Darien, Conn., for six years, before moving to St. Michaels in 1968.

Mrs. Cochran and her husband liked cruising the East Coast and to the Bahamas aboard their various boats. She was also an avid perennial and vegetable gardener.

She was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels, where a memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Nancy Strausburg of St. Michaels and Diane Cochran of Point Arena, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

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