CAROLE EUNICE COCHRAN

CAROLE EUNICE COCHRAN

Playa del Rey resident Carole Eunice Cochran, a third generation Californian, passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side March 22. She was 67.
Cochran was born May 17, 1945 in Los Angeles to Francis and Rhea Cochran. The middle of three children, Cochran enjoyed the years she spent with her family living in Pasadena. She especially cherished the trips her family took to their uncle’s cabin on Malibu Beach, where abalone shells were abundant. Thus began her love affair with the ocean.
As Cochran entered her adult years, she attended Scripps College and studied literature. While there, she made lifelong friendships and connections that were a source of inspiration for years to come. After college she lived in Seattle and Boston, and while in Boston she received her master’s degree in library science.
Once her son, Malcolm, was born in 1975, Cochran returned to Los Angeles to dive into motherhood. While in Los Angeles, she decided to reinvent herself as she worked to achieve her master’s in social work.
That is when she met her husband, William Bond, in 1980. They were married in 1982 and their daughter, Mara Bond, was born in 1983.
At the family’s Playa del Rey home, Cochran made sure that each night they ate dinner together as a family and she supported them in their every endeavor. In addition to those family moments, one of Cochran’s favorite times during the day was enjoying the magic of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, her family said.
During those years in Playa del Rey, Cochran worked as a social worker at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica where she established many close relationships. In 1993, Cochran went back to her roots as a librarian and worked in various libraries all over the Los Angeles area.
Beyond her career, Cochran was an artist, photographer, volunteer for the Ballona Wetlands, avid traveler, Girl Scout troop leader, basket weaver, writer, and much more. She had the unique gift of bringing out the best in others, and when Cochran discovered a passion, she shared it and transformed the lives of those she touched, her family said.
In 2003 Cochran was diagnosed with scleroderma, and during her 10 years living with the challenges of the disease, she still lived life to the fullest, her family said. She retired as a librarian and used her time to fully engage in the things that made her happy: she travelled, volunteered, hosted parties for friends, and continued to be a dedicated mother.
She was especially elated when she became a grandmother in 2007. Her family said that Cochran outlived her prognosis by several years, and up until her passing, she continued to express how full her life was.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the Playa Vista Library, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista.
Although the family does not expect gifts of any kind, many people have asked if they could make a donation to either the Scleroderma Foundation or the Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library in lieu of gifts. Interested parties can access the Scleroderma Foundation website at: www.scleroderma.org and the Friends of the Public Library at: www.colapublib.org/support/friends.html.

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