Myrtle Cochran, 103, formerly of Kane, died Monday afternoon, May 20, 2013 at the Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital, Katy, Texas.
Born June 2, 1909 in Bradford, she was the daughter of Rupert C. and Irene O. Andrews Fuller. On Oct. 20, 1934, she married Raymond Peterson and moved to Kane, where she became active at the First Baptist Church, serving as Sunday school teacher, superintendent, deaconess, moderator, church secretary and various other positions with the women’s classes.
Myrtle worked throughout the community as a cook and baker, including Kane High School, the Lutheran Home on Edgar Street, Hillcrest Restaurant, and Anderson's Bakery. She served 15,000 hours as a volunteer at the Kane Community Hospital and was active in Meals on Wheels.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the AARP, both in Kane, as well as a volunteer and past president of the Kane Senior Center.
She joined the Mountain Grange in 1930, maintaining her membership for over 80 years, and served as Pomona secretary for more than 50 years. She and her husband Ray served as county deputies, traveling many miles throughout the state, and were instrumental in bringing State Grange to Kane in 1949. She served as State Flora from 1950 to 1956, only the second person from McKean County to be elected to a state office.
Myrtle enjoyed cooking, reading, travel, crochet, fishing, puzzles and most sports.
She was predeceased by husbands Raymond Peterson, Norman Rennard, and William Cochran; as well as her parents; her brother, Ralph Fuller; and her sister, Agnes Fuller Andrews.
She is survived by two sons, S. Lloyd (Julianne) Peterson of Lemont and Gerald (Lydia) Peterson of Katy, Texas. Also surviving are two grandsons, two step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. on Friday from 6-8 p.m., and may attend a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Kane with the rev. Bob Lynch, retired Baptist minister, officiating. Interment will follow in McKean Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 257, Kane, PA 16735.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com .