Dec. 13, 1919 – Aug. 27, 2013
Arleta Velma (Pike) Cochron of Lovell died on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at New Horizons Care Center of natural causes. Arleta was born Dec. 13, 1919, to William and Rosa Jane (Southern) Pike in Snyder, Okla. She was the eighth of nine children. She attended Altus High School. Arleta married Nolan (Bud) Charlie Cochron on Nov. 10, 1934, in Friendship, Okla. They were blessed with three children.
Arleta and her husband Bud lived in Oklahoma for a while before moving to Matador, Texas, to homestead. In 1940, they moved their small family to California. Arleta moved to Shell in March of 2011 to live with her daughter.
A retired retail sales clerk, the Lord knew Arleta for her love of family and service. She was always the first to respond to the needs of others. Whether it was visiting the sick, cooking or just providing a good ear, she was there. She was an avid correspondent and kept in contact with all family members and friends.
Arleta loved to travel and until well into her 80s visited most of the United States. She loved family get-togethers, reading, watching sports on television and reading the Bible. She loved all foods, especially barbecues and homemade ice cream. Although she lived a short time in Wyoming she loved the Big Horn and Pryor mountains. She especially loved the colors and rock formations. It was a great thrill the first time she saw the wild horses.
She is survived by her daughter Darla (Richard) Saam of Shell, sons Stan (Lynn) Cochron of Lovell and Jim (Charlene) Cochron of Fresno, Calif., 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband, parents, all her siblings and their spouses preceded Arleta in death.
A memorial service will be held in Clovis, Calif., at a time to be arranged. Haskell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements with interment to follow at the Clovis Cemetery.