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Official Obituary of

Teresa Anne (Blevins) Cochran

November 23, 1954 ~ March 12, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Teresa Cochran Obituary

Teresa Anne (Blevins) Cochran, 69, of Millsboro, Delaware, formerly of Newark, Delaware and Sun City Center, Florida, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2024, with family at her side. Terre had suffered a traumatic brain injury following a fall while vacationing in Florida with dear friends Doris Reese and Marysue Forestieri.

Terre was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 32 years, Norman V. Cochran, Sr. (“Reds”), retired Superintendent of the Delaware State Police and BG of the Delaware Army National Guard, in July of 2023. She was still deeply grieving that loss, and we take great comfort in knowing that Reds is now united with his “bride”, as he always called her. Terre was also preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Dorothy (Casey) Blevins; her stepmother, Edna I. Blevins; her siblings Denise J. Blevins, and Joseph R. Blevins; and her uncle Douglas Beisner.

Terre is survived by her sister Barbara A. Eastburn with her husband, Steven and their five children (her nieces): Alyssa, Mariah, Anna, Sarah and Stephanie. She was a devoted sister to Barb and her family, taking her nieces on many camping trips and Florida adventures, especially after her retirement. She was Barb’s primary caregiver for much of her childhood, selflessly endeavoring to care for her and keep her at St. Elizabeth’s school after their parents divorced. Terre was also happy to consider the extended Eastburn family as her own, having spent nearly every Christmas and many birthdays and other celebrations with them since the birth of Barb and Steven’s first child.

Terre is also survived by her stepdaughter, Colleen (Art) James and her son, Jordan; stepson, Norman Cochran Jr. and his 3 children, Vinnie, Nikki, and Joey, as well as Norm Jr.’s six beautiful grandchildren; and grandson, Anthony Vogel. Terre cherished her relationships with her husband’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ada Blevins; her nieces, Joe and Ada’s daughters, Eileen, Angie, Bobbie Jo, Diane and Jamie along with their beautiful children; step-siblings, Adam Sobiech, Lisa Breeding, and Edna (Leonard) Biddle, along with their children and grandchildren; her uncle, Gus Casey, with his children and grandchildren; and her cousin, Wade Beisner.

Terre was a loving, kind, and loyal friend to those who were fortunate and blessed to know her. She leaves behind many friends, some since her childhood school days (Laura Walker, Madeline Gunter and Patricia Kriebel). Retired nurse, Joan Denney, dear friend since 1989, put her life on hold to help Terre care for Reds in their home while he was on Hospice. Barb cannot thank Laura (and her husband, Horace) and Joan enough for their daily love and care for Terre since Reds’ passing. Special thanks also to Terre’s friends and former co-workers Mary Creswell, CW4 John Stipo and BG Vernon Taylor of the Delaware Army National Guard for their tireless efforts to honor Terre with a eulogy that included details from her military service.

Terre was a graduate of St. Elizabeth’s High School in Wilmington, DE. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wilmington College. She served in the Delaware Army National Guard for 25 years, retiring as their Public Affairs Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 1999.

Terre was blessed with a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She was very involved in Sun City Center Women’s Chorus. She was also a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Christiana Hospital. In Florida, Terre worked with the HOPE Fund, reading to and mentoring young children from the migrant families community. She worked fund raisers to support the same. She and Reds loved to travel and enjoyed many Space Available Military flight trips including Germany, Fatima, Spain and Budapest. Their travels also took them to Ireland, Alaska and many other amazing destinations.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE from 5:00-7:00PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Friday, April 12, 2024 at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE, 19808. Interment will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Teresa’s name to St. Elizabeth’s High School, c/o Development Office, 1500 Cedar Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 or to the Ronald McDonald House, 1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington DE 19803.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
April 11, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek
Wilmington, DE 19808

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
April 12, 2024

11:00 AM
St. John the Beloved Church
907 Milltown Road, Sherwood Park
Wilmington, DE 19808

Interment following Mass
Friday
April 12, 2024

Gracelawn Memorial Park
2220 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Donations

St. Elizabeth High School
c/o Development Office, 1500 Cedar Street, Wilmington DE 19805
Web: http://sehs.org

Ronald McDonald House of Delaware
1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington DE 19803
Web: http://www.rmhde.org

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