It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Dodie was born the second child of six to Flossie and James Baird in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. She was raised in Dauphin, Manitoba. Dodie attended school in Dauphin until in her mid teens when her father passed away. Dodie and her sister Leta then went to work right away to help support the family. She was hired by Dauphin Creamery in the office. She discovered very quickly that she loved office work.
Dodie married her school mate Gordon Cochrane on December 27, 1947. They immediately came to BC to begin their lives together as newlyweds in Courtenay in the winter of 1948.
Dodie and Gord had three children; Rick Cochrane (Janet), Leslie Pederson (Drew) and Cindy McPherson.
She had five grand children; Chris Cochrane (Drew), Severin Pederson (Jackie), Ingram Pederson (Jennifer), Erin Humphrey (Parker), Evan McPherson (Katelyn); ten great grandchildren; Hanna and Tyler Pederson, Jaxson, Lucas and Mason Humphrey, Ethan, Tamryn and Colton McPherson, Colten and Grayson Cochrane.
Dodie was a stay at home mom raising her three children. She was very involved with her children. She loved gardening and took pride in keeping a beautiful home. Dodie was a long-time member of the Comox Valley Curling Club. She was also a member of St. John’s Anglican Church Guild. Dodie also adored her poodles.
In the late 60’s she went back to work at Courtenay Medical Associates. She retired after 25 years in December of 1984. She then was free to involve herself in her grandchildren’s lives in a large way. That is what provided her the greatest joy in her golden years. Being with her family meant the world to her. Especially her grands and great grands.
Dodie was predeceased by her best friend and companion Gordon Cochrane and her sister Leta Hilton, brother James Baird, sister Tootes Koons and sister Din McIntosh.
She is survived by her brother Tom Baird of Flin Flon, Manitoba and many nieces and nephews.
Special thank you to staff at Casaloma and Glacier View Lodge.
Dodie will be missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.
Flowers gratefully declined. Donations made in Dodie’s memory to the Canadian Diabetic Association would be greatly appreciated.
Service to be announced at a later date.