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Virginia “Ernestine” Cochran went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, June 3, 2022 at the age of 96. She was a resident of Cedarhurst Senior Living, West Plains, Missouri.

Ernestine was born to Alma Tatum Clinton and Ernest Clinton of Oxford, Arkansas on November 13, 1925.

December 7, 1946 Ernestine Cochran and Marshall Cochran were united in Holy Matrimony. To this union, Elaine Cochran was born.

Over the years they lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, Renton, Washington, West Plains, Missouri. After the death of her family she lived in Lee Summit, Missouri before returning to West Plains.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Cochran in 1994 at the age of 72 and by her daughter, Elaine Cochran in 1995 at the age of 47; her parents and a brother, Jerl Webb.

A service will be held at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be immediately following the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Officiant is Ron Blanks, former pastor.

Pallbearers are Joel Wyatt, Lanny Lewis, Don Cochran, Joey Cochran, Chip Chestnut and Chuck Chestnut.

We want to thank the staff at Cedarhurst, Three Rivers Hospice and Southern Care and Comfort for lovingly providing the care and comfort she needed. She loved each of you.

Vonda Accurso, niece (Matt) and Melanie Wyatt, (Joel) worked diligently and lovingly to provide Ernie’s care over the last several years. Melanie has been like a daughter to her for the last 19 years. While we will miss her greatly, we are happy she is at peace. Ernestine leaves behind “the boy she loves so much” Landry Pitts, who is her adopted grandson. Ernestine leaves a host of nieces and nephews. She created a family of friends who loved her well.



  1. Cheteena Huey
    June 6, 2022 @ 2:42 pm

    She will be missed so very much. Anyone who met her loved her.

  2. Audrey Wilson
    June 6, 2022 @ 6:22 pm

    Sweet Ernie! My heart breaks for you all. We will miss her so much ❤️

  3. Carol Spainhower
    June 6, 2022 @ 10:57 pm

    Ernestine was the most devoted wife and mother I have ever met. Her heart knew no bounds.

    She was always giving to others, whether it was in her job at the nursing home or taking care of children. She loved all her small charges. I can’t count the number of hours I spent listening to her tell me stories about “her kids”. She took such joy in each of their achievements. I always marveled at her energy. She ran circles around me and I was half her age!

    I loved Ernestine. She was like another mother to me and we shared memories of Elaine with each other. We had so many good conversations.

    Ernestine had such a strong faith. I know she is now home with her Father and is reunited with Marshall and Elaine. She is at rest and happy and I hope this knowledge brings her family some peace.

    Ernestine was one of a kind. She was such a kind and giving person that the world would be a better place if we had more people like her. I’ll never forget her and I’ll miss her until I see her again.

  4. Marsha Stewart
    June 7, 2022 @ 8:11 am

    There is rejoicing in heaven as you celebrate with family members you have missed for so many earthly years❣️

  5. Paula A England
    June 9, 2022 @ 9:56 am

    so thankful I got to know her. She was such a kind and precious lady.

  6. Brenda Williams
    June 9, 2022 @ 2:56 pm

    Ernestine was a wonderful lady that I was greatly blessed to know. Ernestine you are finally home where you longed to be.