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Donna Kay Cochran

July 19, 1968 — January 27, 2019

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, Donna Kay Cochran (Chew), left this world & went home to be with the lord, her grandmother Grace Chew & father Charles(Charlie) Chew as well as many other loved ones she had missed dearly.   Donna was born July 19, 1968 in Herrin, Illinois to Charles (Charlie) Chew & Linda Chew Lazorchak with two brothers Tommy Chew & Ronald Johnson. She has lived in Benton, Louisiana since 2002 with her best friend & husband, Garnett Cochran Jr. Together they have three daughters & nine grandchildren. In Louisiana their daughters Ashley Cochran & Brandy Snyder, their grandchildren Caleb (C.J.), Dane, Isabel, Lane, Isaac & Terah; their daughter Rachel Cochran in California & their grandchildren Nathaniel (Nathan) , Amelia & Leonard (Leo). FAMILY was a word that meant EVERYTHING to her.    Donna studied at John A. Logan College & worked in the medical field as a CNA for many years. The desire to show LOVE & LIGHT to others led her & her husband to start an in home ministry to help prisoners & homeless find & build their faith live better lives. She loved being able to help & care for others & each person she cared for throughout her journey always held a special place in her heart.    Those who knew Donna knew she was a lady of many talents but two in particular, Poetry & Art, were her passion. In 1985, at only 17 years old, she had her first published writing in 'The Art of Poetry: A Treasury of Contemporary Verse' by John Frost. Over the years she had many more find their way into the books of The International Library of Poetry. The way she could put words together was truly a gift from God. Her art was exquisite & she could draw anything her heart desired & the pencil would glide across the paper without the slightest mistake to erase. She loved writing & drawing with her daughters & grandchildren. She shared her love for these passions in many different ways with everyone that crossed her path. She touched the hearts of so many people, known & unknown, just by drawing something or writing a few words down. She looked at the world so differently than most people do & always tried to help others see all the beauty hidden in front of them.  She always taught her family to LOVE, never hate, to be there for each other no matter what & to always have FAITH.   Donna has many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends & "adopted" kids & "adopted" grandkids aside from those mentioned here. She loved each one of YOU dearly & thought of YOU all the time. We are all going to miss her & it will not be easy but we all have to remember how much of an inspiration she was & all the tough times she helped us get through & know she will help get us through this one too. Service will be Saturday February 2, 2019 at the Van Natta Funeral Home at 2:00 pm and visitation will be from 11:00 am until 2:00pm.
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