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Obituary for Elsie Lola Cochran Marcus

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Elsie Lola Cochran Marcus

November 20, 1920 - May 2, 2013

Elsie LolaCochran MarcusOur sweet mother, friend, comedian, mentor, teacher and gambler extraodinaire passed into God’s arms on May 2, 2013.Elsie Lola Cochran Marcus was born in Alameda, California on November 20, 1920. Her mother Elena (Lola) Gerasimova was a Russian immigrant that her father, Leslie Cochran, married and brought back to the United States. Elsie grew up in Oakland, California, graduating from Castlemont High School in 1938. She has a younger sister, Nida Debenning and a brother Leslie Cochran Jr.Mom married our father, Ross Marcus, on February 22, 1941. He passed away on October 14, 1981. She then met the love of her life Rollan Tonkinson. He has been an integral part of her life and ours for 30 years. Our family wants to thank him for his never ending commitment and love to our mother. The gratitude in our hearts for his undying love and attention to her is without saying. Thank you, Tonk.Mom was a lifetime member (60 years) of the First United Methodist Church. She had an amazing voice which she shared as a member of the chancel choir. She was also a member of Miriam Chapter 14 Order of the Eastern Star and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She lived her life to the fullest.Mom leaves behind three children and their spouses, Gary and Ina Marcus, Terry and Lorie Marcus and Karen and Darryl Pilgreen. She will be sorely missed. She also leaves behind six grandchildren (one deceased), eleven great grandchildren, with one more on the way, and two great-great grandchildren.A private graveside service for close friends and family will be conducted on May 6, 2013, 11:00 a.m., Ogden City Cemetery. The family would like to thank the extraordinary angels that helped our family and our mother, Dr. Holland, Stephanie, Nicole and Chris her thanatologist from Hospice for Utah and Erin and AJ, her CNA’s from Manorcare who brought a smile to her face every time they entered her room.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you give your mother a special hug and tell her you love her on this fine upcoming Mother’s Day. Online condolences may be made at


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Timeline for Elsie Lola Cochran Marcus

Born: November 20, 1920
Died: May 2, 2013

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Lee Stone posted on 5/6/13

So very sorry about your loss. I met your mother and remember her being so full of life and lots of fun. I'm sure she will be missed, but you will always have wonderful memories of her. Lee and Linda


maek randall posted on 5/6/13

Our best wishes at this time. Sorry for your loss. Moms have such a special place in our hearts. We send our love and hugs. Mark and Pam.


Peggy Frost posted on 5/5/13

I was sorry to hear about your mother. My daughter, Heidi, is a friend to Amy Marcus, and that was how I heard about it. I know its hard to say goodbye, but you also don't want them suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with you - may God bless you always, Love, Peg


Madeline Pappas Coleman posted on 5/5/13

Dear Terry and Gary, We are all sorry for the loss of your mother. We all hope you andyour family have many many good memories of her, and may your healingof her loss soon be healed. Classmates Ogden High School


Rita Sumner posted on 5/5/13

Elsie had an amazing ability to see the best in everyone. She had a great character and love for life. Whenever I went to her home, she had a smile on her face that welcomed me. I hope as I grow older, I learn to enjoy life the way she did! What an exceptional lady! My thoughts go out to her family, as I know she will be very, very missed.


Karen Ballif posted on 5/5/13

Thinking of you and your beautiful Mom and Grandma. May she rest in peace.