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Ann McConaty

July 28, 1923 — March 23, 2024

IN LOVING MEMORY OF ANN COCHRAN MCCONATY

Anna Daughenbaugh, born on July 28, 1923, in Howard, Pennsylvania, was a member of the Greatest Generation, having lived through some of the most pivotal moments in history and embodying the resilient spirit that defined her era. She is survived by her sister Donna Schreil, while her older brothers Walter and Tom Daughenbaugh predeceased her. Raised in a rural farming community devoid of modern conveniences like running water or electricity, Ann's childhood was marked by simplicity and ingenuity, from using chamber pots to witnessing the awe-inspiring flight of the Hindenburg.

In her mid-teens, Ann's adventurous spirit led her to Cleveland, Ohio, where she trained as a radio and telegraph operator, mastering the "bug" – a Morse code device essential for communication during that era. Her skills paved the way for a position with Braniff Airways in Dallas, Texas, as a radio operator in the aviation industry during a time of immense global change.

The twilight years of World War II brought Ann together with John N. Cochran Jr., an Army Air Corps pilot, and their union in 1943 was a testament to the enduring bonds forged in times of conflict. Major Cochran, who had been a golf professional prior to his military service, introduced Ann to the sport, in which she excelled, winning several tournaments and showcasing her determination and competitive drive.

Ann's interests and talents were diverse, from her prowess on the ski slopes to her magical touch in the garden, particularly with roses. Her culinary skills were unmatched, and she was an active participant in local politics, always striving to make a difference in her community. However, it was her unwavering faith and the spiritual legacy she passed on to her family that truly set her apart. Ann's understanding of scripture and commitment to prayer have left an indelible mark on her descendants, from her children to her great-grandchildren.

Survived by her daughter Peggy Kohler, granddaughter Amelia Wellman, and great-grandchildren Jude and Ava, along with Cherrie Carver, grandchildren Natalie Keeney and Cooper Carver, and John Cochran, grandchildren Cristina Bromley and Nicholas Cochran, and great-grandchildren Logan and Riley Cochran and Emily and Olivia Bromley, Ann's legacy is a testament to the strength, faith, and resilience of the Greatest Generation. Her life story is a narrative of overcoming challenges, and a reminder of the profound impact one person can have on the world around them. It is with a heavy heart we also remember her daughter, Syd (Cindy) Cochran, who was as adventurous as our Ann and predeceased her. May our tenacious mother, Ann Cochran, rest in peace.

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