Shirley J. Cocherell

Shirley J. Cocherell

August 28, 1939 - March 19, 2021

Shirley Joan Cocherell, 81, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Park Place Elder Living Center in Mt. Pleasant.

She was born on August 28, 1939, in Fairfield, Iowa, the daughter of Kenneth Hugh & Wyona Frances (Loving) Giberson. Shirley was united in marriage to Harold Monroe Cocherell on June 24, 1962, at Stockport, Iowa. He preceded her on July 21, 2015. Shirley was a devoted wife, mother and volunteer. In 1989, she was awarded the Joan Morrison Friend of Education for her 4 days a week volunteerism to the second grade class at Saunders School for 12 years. She enjoyed watching westerns and mystery movies, along with novels and watching the Chicago Bears with her son. She also enjoyed quilting, sewing, Swedish weaving and square dancing. Shirley enjoyed attending the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion and listening to and meeting the entertainers. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth Cocherell of Mt. Pleasant and Martha (Lance) Wells of Gridley, Illinois, her brothers and sisters, Gene K. Giberson of Belton, Missouri, James Dorothy of Oskaloosa, Jerry Dorothy of Des Moines, Wendell (Deb) Dorothy of Birmingham, Sharon (Gary) Askew of Hampton, Iowa, Janet Bartholomew of Glenwood, her sister-in-laws, Barb Giberson of Douds and Marilyn Alter of Mt. Pleasant along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Karen, infancy and one brother, Garry Giberson.

Shirley’s family would like to thank the staff of Park Place Elder Living and EveryStep Hospice for their loving and compassionate care they gave for their mother.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spencer Cemetery, rural Stockport, Iowa. Following the graveside service the family will host a celebration of Shirley’s life at the shelter building at Morris Park. A memorial has been established in her memory for Alzheimer’s Research.

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