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Rose Cochran, wife of Sen. Thad Cochran, has died

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Mrs. Cochran at the USS Barry christening in 1991 Source: Senator Cochran's office Mrs. Cochran at the USS Barry christening in 1991 Source: Senator Cochran's office

Multiple sources have confirmed that 73-year-old Rose Clayton Cochran, wife of Senator Thad Cochran, has died.

According to Senator Cochran's office, she died peacefully on Friday morning at Hospice Ministries after a long battle with dementia. 

Visitation is Monday, December 15 from 5 pm-7 pm at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Services will be at 11am on Tuesday, December 16 at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Jackson, with visitation at 10 am in the Parish Hall. There will be a 4 pm burial in New Albany.

Mrs. Cochran lived at St. Catherine's Village in Madison since 2000.

Senator Cochran's office says that he and his family extend their gratitude to those who cared for Mrs. Cochran during her extended illness.

Governor Phil Bryant released this comment on the passing of Mrs. Cochran:

“Deborah and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Rose Cochran today. Our thoughts and prayers are with Thad and his family. Rose was a gracious and humble lady who should be long remembered for her caring and gentle spirit.”

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves also offered his condolences to the Cochran family: 

“Elee and I are praying for Sen. Cochran and his family as they remember their beautiful Rose. Through Thad's service, the entire family has dedicated their lives to the betterment of Mississippi, and Mrs. Cochran played a major role in that.”

Senator Roger Wicker says his deepest sympathies are with his friend, Thad. "Gayle and I have known Rose since 1972. The Wicker, Cochran, and Clayton families have been friends for generations. We pray that God will continue to comfort the family during this difficult time.”

Rose Clayton was born in Memphis on December 28, 1940, to Hugh N. and Cathryn Rose (Carter) Clayton. She grew up in New Albany where she was a member of First United Methodist Church, a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, and President of the Student Body and Most Beautiful at New Albany High School. 

She made her debut in Jackson with the Debutante Club of Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was an English and Spanish major in the Honors College and Rush Chairman for Chi Omega sorority. 

After studying for a year at the University of Madrid, Spain, she married William Thad Cochran on June 6, 1964 at the First Methodist Church in New Albany.

According to Senator Cochran's office, Mrs. Cochran taught Spanish and English at Oxford High School for one year before the couple relocated to Jackson, where Mrs. Cochran was a member of St. Andrew's and a case worker for the Welfare Department, as well as being active in the Junior League. 

The family moved to northern Virginia when Mr. Cochran was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In D.C., Mrs. Cochran worked with the American Red Cross, the Senate Wives Club, the American Cancer Society, the Pen/Faulkner Gala, the International Club Number 1, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

She was employed as a management analyst with the U.S. Army's Printing and Publications Command for eight years, and one of her proudest accomplishments was sponsoring the Navy's USS Barry (DDG 52). 

Mrs. Cochran was a longtime supporter of the American Humane Society, the Smithsonian Museums, and the National Zoo. She was particularly devoted to the University of Mississippi Friends of the Library.

She is survived by her husband Thad, her daughter Kate, her son Clayton, her daughter-in-law Clara, her three grandchildren Sam, Thaddeus, and Lizzie, and many dear friends. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League or the Friends of the Library at the University of Mississippi.

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