Geneva Cochran, age 90, of Good Shepherd Nursing Facility, Phelps, Kentucky, formerly of 3117 Third Avenue, Huntington, passed away peacefully at Good Shepherd on Sunday May 1, 2022.
She was born January 17, 1932,
a daughter of the late J. C. and Olga Sansom Wolford. She was preceded in death by five
brothers and three sisters, and by her husband, Duel F. “Gabby” Cochran.
In 1954 Geneva, along with several cousins, left their homes in Pike County, Kentucky, and
moved to Huntington, West Virginia, in search of work. She soon found a job at the Huntington
Manufacturing Company, where she remained for twenty-nine years. The company closed, but
was taken over by another corporation, and Geneva continued to work in the same building for
several more years. When the job ended a second time, Geneva found employment as a cleaning
lady for a sorority house in Huntington.
In 1958 Geneva met and married Duel F. Cochran, a navy man originally from Waynesboro,
Mississippi. Together they purchased a house on 31 st Street. Duel, or Gabby as he was known to
family and friends, passed away in November, 1996. Geneva continued to live in the house until
her health began to decline. In April, 2015, she went to live with her sister, Evelyn, at Stopover,
Kentucky. There, she met Harley, Evelyn’s fluffy white poodle, and they bonded instantly. For
the next six years Harley was Geneva’s constant companion and she refused to go anywhere
Geneva lived in Huntington for sixty-one years and was never truly satisfied anywhere else. She
returns now to the town and state she loved, to rest near the husband she cherished and the friends who made her life worth living.
The family will welcome friends for a viewing at 5 P.M. Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 at the Jones & West Funeral Home at Phelps, Ky.
Graveside Services will be conducted at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, on Thursday May 5, at 12:00 noon.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jones & West Funeral Home, Phelps, KY.
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