Vera M. Cocanougher | 1916-2014

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014

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Vera M. Cocanougher

Vera M. Cocanougher, 98, a bookkeeper, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Decatur.

Graveside service is 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, under the pavilion at Oaklawn Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Bosworth officiating.

Vera was born May 8, 1916, in Sanger to Charlie and Dorthula (Habern) Cocanougher. The family moved in 1919 to Decatur and established the Cocanougher Feed Store, where she worked for nearly 50 years until she retired, greeting everyone who came into the store.

Vera was a lifelong, dedicated member of the Decatur First United Methodist Church and was its oldest living member. She was active in the United Methodist Women’s Guild, attended Sunday school and church regularly and made many anonymous contributions. Vera was a former president and charter member of the Decatur Woman’s Club, and after retirement, she spent many hours as a pink lady at the Wise Regional Health System.

When Vera was a senior at Decatur High School, the school had to close due to lack of funding, so she went to live with her sister in Denton so she could graduate on time. Later, Decatur High School presented her class with diplomas. A kind, gentle and thoughtful person, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Glenn Cocanougher, Mary Fay Cocanougher, Marion Cocanougher and Marie Cocanougher.

She is survived by her nephews, Allen Cocanougher, Charles Cocanougher and Bonnie Glenn Cocanougher; nieces Dorothy Cocanougher Reid and Marie Sue Cocanougher Murray; and many friends.

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