Obituary published Jan. 28, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

Melba F. Cochran Washer, age 88, of Murray, Ky., died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at the Murray Calloway Co. Hospital. Mrs. Washer retired from Fisher Price, and was a former employee of the National Stores in Murray. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church, and had been active in the Esther Sunday school class, and a former member of the Kirksey Baptist Church.
Born July 14, 1924 in Callaway Co. to the late Virgil and Zepha Cochran. Growing up in the Stella community, she attended Kirksey School and Murray Training School. She married James Hayden Washer Jr. on May 3, 1941 under the "Old Chestnut Tree" at the Kentucky, Tennessee border. They had 60 years together until his death Jan. 6, 2002. Also preceding her in death were four brothers and two sisters: Jack, Robert (Bob), Clifton, and Charles Cochran, Sue Scoggins, and Verline Perry.
Survivors include two daughters, Jackie Maupin of Wichita, Kans, Jere Glover Drouin of Murray; two sons, Jamie Don Washer of Murray, and Tony Washer of Rush Hill, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Jaina Gourgeot, Jann Mayes, Dr. Bart Washer, David Sykes, Daina Schatzman, John A. Washer, Sarah Beardslee, and Danielle Haynes; stepgrandson, Joshua Drouin, 12 great-grandchildren, Ryne Gourgeot, Rhea Viar, Jacob Mayes, Benjamin and Abigail Washer, Will and Clay Sykes, Emma and Molly Schatzman, Emma and Caleb Haynes, and Insley Washer; one great-great-grandchild, Hailey Viar.
Private family services will be held.
Expressions of sympathy may go to: Kentucky Baptist Children's Home, 300 Hope Street, Mt. Washington, Ky. 40047, or The Leukemia Foundation, 3520 Lake Ave, Suite 202, Wilmette, Ill. 60091.
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The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.