Obituary for Mabeline Sue Morrow (Cochrum)
Mabel Morrow entered her heavenly kingdom Monday, January 8, 2018 at the age of 82. Death came peacefully to Mabel who was surrounded by her, children, grandchildren, and siblings who grieve the loss of her sweet presence but celebrate that Mabel is now whole again and reunited with her Lord and her mother, Grace, and those she loved that have gone before her.
Born Mabeline Sue Cochrum on April 12, 1935 in the Blackburn Community, Mabel graduated from Cedarville in 1953. After travel to California, she returned to Arkansas, residing in Mountainburg for over 50 years. Mabel retired after 30 years with Dixie Cup, leaving her work family with fond memories and countless good stories. Mabel enjoyed working at Simmons Quick Stop, opening the store and offering everyone who came in a smile and a great start to their day. She was a member and secretary of the Chester Freewill Baptist where she loved inviting, encouraging, and bringing youth to church.
Mabel is preceded in death by parents Roy and Grace Cochrum, siblings Hayden and Wilma Jean Cochrum, husband Charles Morrow, grandson John Sampley, and great granddaughter Brooklyn Sampley.
She is survived by her children and their spouses whom she loved as if they were all her own; daughters Debra Sampley, Karen Simmons and husband Fred, Dianne Neighbors and husband Billy, son Roger Atwell and wife Debbie, and son John Morrow and wife Marlene. Mabel became rooted in family early in life growing up very close with her brothers and sister, who knew her as “Tate”; brother Loyd Cockrum and wife Coreena, brother Roy Gene Cochran and wife Carolyn, and sister Sharon Shaffer and husband Joe Shaffer. While Mabel treated all family special, her grandchildren held a special place in her life and she soon became known to most as “Granny”. She is survived by grandchildren Joey Atwell, Michelle Dowdy, Richard Poor, Angie Thompson, Jennifer Irons, Ace Marshall, Levi Marshall, Mickey Neighbors, Ryan Atwell, Brandon Atwell, Kelcie Atwell, Craig Morrow and Matt Morrow. Nothing pleased her more than to host holiday celebrations which grew large as the great grandchildren arrived including Derrick, Noah, Makailey, Danny, and Nathan Dowdy, Dylan and Alex Poor, Mackenzie Buckner, Marianna Torres, Jake and Taylor Thompson, Hudson, Haven, and Henry Irons, Cooper, Conner, and Camren Marshall, Kyle and Haylie Styron, Kinsley and Paisley Neighbors, Bethany and Nathan Atwell, and Spencer, Kyla, Halle, Chloe, and Ashlyn Morrow. Her passing is grieved by a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
To know Mabel was to love her. Friends and loved ones share stories of good times they had with Mabel, and that she always had a smile. Mabel was a hard worker, at times working multiple jobs to provide for her family. Mabel loved youth athletics, church singings and gospel music, trips with family, shopping, and family gatherings during the holidays.
Billy Graham once said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s like, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” Mabel did leave such a legacy of character and faith. Her greatest gift to her family is the peace and assurance that through Christ, we know that she is now whole and undaunted by aging, she sings with the angels, and will welcome us home.
Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 12, 2018 at Ocker Chapel of Alma with a private burial at Freedom Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma. Pastors Justin Allen and Herb Wages will officiate.
Pallbearers are grandsons Ryan Atwell, Brandon Atwell, Richard Poor, Ace Marshall, Levi Marshall, and family friend Frank Davis.
Family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, 917 Hwy. 64 East, Alma, AR.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Mabel can be made to the The Chester Freewill Baptist Youth Group, at PO Box 152 Chester, 72934.