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May 22, 2019

2019 Julia Ann (Judy) Cochran Dies

Long-time Historical Society volunteer, Judy Cochran, died this spring on the 23rd of March.  Most Society patrons didn't see Judy at work; she came every Tuesday morning for many years to work with the Historical Documents team, that preserved Johnson County's court records and prepared them to send to Jefferson City to be microfilmed.

Her son, Clint, is hosting a celebration of her life on June 15, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm at his home at 300 NW 1201 Road, Holden, MO . Anyone who knew her is welcome, but please notify Clint in advance by emailing

Cards may be sent to Judy's daughter at:
Judy Schill
1944 Back Road
Belvidere, VT 05442

MISSION, Kan. Julia Ann Judy Cochran, 87, finished her good run on this earth on March 23, 2019, in Mission, following a lifetime in Johnson County, Missouri. She died peacefully of natural causes.
Judy was born on January 24, 1932, to William Kirkwood Pop Gard and Helen Violet Frick on Six Cedars Farm near Kingsville, Missouri.
She married her one true love, Harlan Edward Cochran, on June 10, 1949 in Holden, Missouri. Harlan preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1984.
Starting in the early 1960s, Harlan and Judy, with the help of their four children, developed an outstanding registered Jersey herd on their farm north of Holden.
They received numerous production awards and wide recognition over the years. The herd, Cochrans Jerseys, continues under the management of their son Clint and his family. Following her retirement in 1990, Judy worked as a receptionist at B&B Veterinary Hospital in Warrensburg, Missouri, for eleven years.
Judy loved music. She sang in church and community choirs throughout her life, participating in the Warrensburg Community Chorus for over twenty years. She also volunteered at the Johnson County Historical Society.
Judy was a devoted genealogist who transformed fragments of family history and dry records into lively stories.
She was passionate about preserving memories and made dozens of treasured family photo albums and scrapbooks. Judy's preeminent love was her family. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought her a lifetime of joy and entertainment. She had a passion for books which she passed on to the children in her life who eagerly gathered to hear her read aloud with dramatic flair.
Judy's penchant for connecting with people led her to seek out the quiet ones, never wanting anyone to feel left out. She welcomed people and valued them, always taking time for caring conversation.
Judy is survived by: her four children, Kirk (Carol), of Noblesville, Indiana; Clint (Donna), of Holden, Missouri; Susan (Jack) Schill, of Belvidere, Vermont; and Chad (Jessica Kueker), of Prairie Village, Kansas.
She will be fondly remembered by: her 11 grandchildren, Kelly (Rick) Shields, Mike (Elizabeth) Cochran, Kyle (Rachel) Cochran, Katie (Matt) Hendricks, Dale (Melanie) Cochran, Eric (Hannah) Cochran, Angie (Morgan Young) Cochran, Noah Schill, Trent (Sarah) Schill, Cullen (Melissa Fontaine) Schill, Lydian Cochran; her 14 great-grandchildren; and a multitude of extended family - related by blood and by unofficial adoption.
Judy is preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; and her four siblings, Russell Gard, Richard Dick Gard, Mary Edmondson and Jeanette Patterson.
Her family is planning a Celebration of Life for June 15, 2019. To receive notice of the finalized plans, send your name and email address to
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Johnson County (Missouri) Historical Society or Trails Regional Library in Warrensburg. As published in the Daily Star Journal.

Judy's family, the Gards, had a long history in Holden.  To read more about Judy, her parents, grandparents, and brothers please visit

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