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Born: August 16, 1931

Place of Birth: Perry, GA

Death: March 14, 2013

Place of Death: Ocala, FL

This memorial provided by:
Bobby E. Glover Mortuary
Perry, GA

Willie Mae Cochran-Stewart

August 16, 1931  -  March 14, 2013
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O Lord, support all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and your work is done. Then in Thy mercy grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.
Now at Peace is Willie Mae Vance Cochran Stewart. She was born August 16, 1931 in Perry, Georgia to Ethel Virginia Vance and Luther Vance, Sr. She is survived by: her brother, Luther Vance, Jr. M.D.; Sister-in-law, Brenda Vance; She also enjoyed many caring relatives including: Vonda Lee, Cassandra Vance and nephew, Victor Vance, a foster daughter, Sandra Lester Jones, grandson, Michael Jones, and granddaughter, Mary Jones. She enjoyed four grandnieces, Faith and Briana Lee, Devan and Erin Vance. There are many other loving relatives and friends including Nettie Council, a friend she met at Syracuse University and they remained friends while pursuing graduate degrees, where they worked diligently and accomplished their goals. They and other college friends remained “friends,” through the years. Willie Mae graduated from Clark College, Atlanta, with honors, and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was awarded a full scholarship to Clark College at age 15 and as a freshman, was too young to get a driver’s license. Upon graduation, she worked as a teacher and librarian at the former Houston County Training School for several years.
“And if I laugh at any mortal thing, tis that I may not weep”
Willie Mae was a loving and giving person, easily willing to help as often as she could. She will be remembered for her many acts of kindness for loving family and friends. She loved crossword puzzles, traveling and reading and her career of years, which she continued to pursue after earning her graduate degree in Library Science. She retired from her work as a librarian at Central Florida community college in Ocala, Fla.
“Give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of Praise for the spirit of heaviness.”
“How vast a memory has love, and so it is with those who love and mourn her. In one sense there is no death. The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond departure. You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you. She lives on in your life and in the lives of all others who knew her.”
Willie Mae departed this life on Thursday, March 14, 2013. She may gently remind us of the poem by Christina Rossetti.