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Betty Cochrane

November 4, 1921 ~ August 9, 2022 (age 100) 100 Years Old

Betty Cochrane Obituary

Mabel Beth (Betty) Cochrane, 100 years of age passed away August 9, 2022 at Sunnyside Manor, Birtle. She is survived by her children, Betty Ann (Fred) Cottingham, Larry (Jeannine) Cochrane, sister Norma Macri, 5 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

Betty was born in Hamiota on November 4, 1921, the seventh child of Tom and Evelyn Bailey. She was raised on the farm at Decker, attended Orrwold church as a child, and went to school in Decker.

While working at the general store in Decker she met Ralph Cochrane, who worked at the local garage. They were married  December 28, 1940 at the family farm.

Following Ralphs World War II service, they settled in Birtle where they opened an electrical business, raised their family and were active in the community and the United Church. Betty led Mission Band and was a member of the United Church Women (UCW) receiving a life membership which she cherished. Betty worked at Pioneer Lodge when it opened in 1968 until 1980, in charge of maintenance and meals, working tirelessly to make it a comfortable home for its residents. She was a member of the Pioneer Auxiliary helping to organize teas,  entertainment, and activities.

Betty and Ralph moved from their home to Lions Manor where she continued to reside after Ralphs passing in 1998, until moving to the Sunnyside Manor in 2013. In later years unable to read, knit and do crosswords due to the loss of her eyesight, she enjoyed audio books, friends, and family visits and phone calls.


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Public Visitation
August 18, 2022

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Braendle-Bruce Funeral Chapel
114 Russell St. W.
Russell, MB R0J 1W0

Funeral Service
August 19, 2022

2:00 PM
Birtle United Church
684 Vine Street
Birtle, MB R0M 0C0


Birtle Cemetery
Birtle, MB R0M 0C0


Sunnyside Manor Personal Care Home
~, Birtle MB R0M 0C0

United Church of Canada - Mission and Service Fund
3250 Bloor Street West, Site 200, Toronto ON M8X 2Y4


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