Patsy J. Cochell
Patsy J. Cochell
LAKIN — Patsy J. Cochell was born on Oct. 27, 1940, to Ernest and Mary (Kells) Craig in Lakin, Kan., and ended her journey, peacefully at home on Jan. 14, 2014. She finished her schooling at Lakin High School and married her life-long friend, Darrell Cochell, on May 3, 1958. Nine months and one day later, the first of their three sons was born, William Mark. Robert Dean and Keaton Craig soon followed.
Patsy's work career included working at the Kearny County Hospital in Lakin as a dental assistant and as the administrator's assistant at the Phillips County Hospital in Malta, Mont. After their journey took them from Kansas to Montana and Colorado, they returned to Lakin in 1986. Darrell and Patsy had the luxury of retirement together to enjoy hunting, camping, family, and raising several dogs: Buck, Samson and Buddy. She also loved collecting Native American artifacts.
Patsy was known for her photographic memory. She could remember names, dates and important family history like no one else. Her grandchildren remember her famous phrases such as "Keep your Head Up" and "Perseverance my Good Friend." Whenever the hardships of their young lives were getting them down, a good chat with Grandma Cochell, her wise words and good sense would leave them feeling better every time.
She will be deeply missed by her husband and companion of almost 56 years, Darrell Cochell, son Bill Cochell and wife Susan, Springfield, Colo., grandchildren, Lindsey Cochell, Pueblo, Colo., Marcus Cochell, Guymon, Okla., Melissa Moog and husband Steven, and Jennifer Cochell, Joplin, Mont., and three great-granddaughters, Gracie, Allie and Brooklyn. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and a brother-in-law, Don Cochell and wife Theresa of Beatty, Nev.
Patsy is preceded in death by her infant son Keaton, son Robert, her mother and father, sister Reva Yardley and husband Delbert, brother Ernest Craig Jr., and sister-in-law Helen Glaspy and husband Clint.
As per her request a cremation has occurred, and no services are planned. A family memorial will take place at one of Darrell and Patsy's favorite places to camp in Colorado later this spring.