Marjorie Eleanor Cochran Thomas, daughter of William H. and Mary Elizabeth Dersch Cochran, passed away on March 30, 2020. She was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on Dec. 6, 1927.
Marjorie attended Erie public schools (East High, class of 1945) and Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania (class of 1949). She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Miami in 1975 and 1977, respectively.
Married twice, she was the mother of three children: Daniel C. Thomas of Dallas; Susan Thomas Thompson of Lamar, Missouri; and Nancy Thomas Farmer of Round Hill, Virginia; all of whom survive. Also survived by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, Patricia Cochran Alberts of Kinderhook, New York; a niece, and one nephew.
She was employed as a church organist and choir director. Moved to John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida, in 1994, where she served as a volunteer chapel organist, gift shop manager, and newsletter editor. Member of First Presbyterian Church, Pompano Beach, where she sang in the choir, played handbells, and served terms as Deacon and Elder. Marjorie was a summer resident of Chautauqua, New York, where she sang in the Chautauqua Choir, served as an officer of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, and was part of the Blessing and Healing team.
She was the composer of one of Chautauqua’s most beloved hymns, “Heaven’s Hill.”
Burial was held in Glade Cemetery, Walkersville, Maryland. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 2331 NE 26th Ave., Pompano Beach, Florida, 33062; Glade United Church of Christ, 21 Fulton Ave., Walkersville, Maryland, 21793; or the Chapel Capital Fund at John Knox Village, 651 SW 6th St., Pompano Beach, Florida, 33060.