WALLA WALLA - Naomi Ernaretta Griffin Olson Thornton Cochran, 97, of Walla Walla died Friday, March 13, 2009, at her home. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 27 at the University Church on 4th and Bade streets, College Place, Wash. Private inurnment will be held at the Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Cochran was born March 7, 1912, in Bellingham, Wash., to Ernest John Abner and Effie Loretta (Walker) Griffin. She graduated from Auburn Academy in Auburn, Wash., in 1931. She married Harold Olson in Seattle in 1932; the marriage later ended in divorce. In 1937 she married Herbert M. Thornton is Seattle; he died in 1986. She later married Travis S. Cochran in College Place in 1995; Travis died in 2008.
She lived in various places over the years including Anacortes, Wash., Ketchikan, Alaska, Auburn, Wash., Seattle and Portland before settling in Walla Walla in 1948. She was a homemaker and the author of "Naomi's Nook," a newspaper column published in the Union Bulletin from 1951 to 1952.
Mrs. Cochran is survived by stepdaughter Alyce Pudewell of San Bernardino, Calif., and daughters Aleta Hubbard of Maryville, Mo., and Penelope Linterman of Port Angeles, Wash.; sons John H. Thornton of Las Vegas, Nev., and Timothy Thornton of Olympia, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; spouses Herbert and Travis; son Richard E. Thornton; and siblings John Griffin, Winona Davis and Anita Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Herbert M. Thornton memorial scholarship fund for the School of Engineering or the John Hafner memorial scholarship fund for the School of Music at Walla Walla University in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.