Kathy Jo Cochran


Kathy Jo Cochran


Kathy Cochran

Kathy Jo Cochran was born on July 24, 1963 to Robert and Erma Cochran in the state of Missouri and grew up in Montana. Kathy’s life was richly filled with family, friends and purpose. She passed suddenly on April 25, 2020.

She is survived by her mother, Erma Cochran; sister Kelly Wilburn; her son, Robert (Thamara) Jaramillo; son Chase Cochran; and her beloved grandchildren Zachary and Damon Jaramillo, and Angelo Runs Above. Kathy leaves behind the love of her life and husband of 31 years, James Mehling.

James’ fondest memories of Kathy include her love of horses, fishing from her rock on Silver Run Road, camping, puzzles, thrift shopping, crafting and motorcycle rides. She loved going to church. The two of them faithfully kept a Wednesday date night. Their relationship and care through sharing so much life together has been noted by many.

Kathy was one to put others’ needs before her own, serving as friend, mentor and teacher. She devoted herself to both children’s ministry and Celebrate Recovery. Kathy was fond of saying she had two heart transplants in her life. The first was physical, in 2008, and the second in 2010 when she “gave her life to Jesus.” Both had transforming effects. She lived a very full life and will be missed by many.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at Living Water Church when circumstances allow.

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  1. I will always remember Kathy as the 1st person to reach out to me after I started going to Living Water. After she arrived home from being at her son’s to help Robert n Tammy when Damon was born, she held out her hand to me with a gift-a wrist band that said “Jesus Loves You! Always has always will,” by J. Vernon McGee. She’s one of the most selfless people I know and reminded me every so often that she wasn’t afraid to go when it was her time. Kathy is a rare precious gem who will always be missed til we meet again!! Until that time, there will be big shoes to fill-that only she could. My sweet friend, thanks for being so selfless in all you did for others! I have many memories in my little apt to remember you as I live each day til we meet again! Thank you so much for showing me who Jesus is! I miss you so much! Be happy and free in Heaven!

  2. I think we were in junior high when we first hung out together. Though I haven’t seen you in many years, I’ll always remember being at the Amy Grant/Michael W Smith concert with you and the fond memories of you from the road trip we took to Salt Lake for Kim Fraley’s wedding. You are a gentle soul and I’m so glad you came into a saving relationship with our Lord Jesus. It warms my heart to know I will see you again when Jesus calls me home, too. I love you, my friend. Sheila Howell

  3. I never knew Kathy died. We did not keep in touch after she moved but I remember her and all her family when they lived in Kansas City. I talked to her mother when my mother died back in 2012. In remembering her when she was little she was such a frail little girl. So much smaller than mot of the kids and I saw them all lot when they were all little kids. My heart goes out to her Erma and all those of us who knew Kathy and loved her.

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