Jacie Cochran, age 26 of Cashion, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 2, 2020.
Jacie Ann Stephens was born April 12, 1994, in Norman, the younger of two daughters born to Jay and Lea Ann Stephens.
Jacie grew up in Washington and attended Washington Schools, graduating with the Warrior Class of 2013.
Like most girls there, Jacie dreamed of playing softball for the Lady Warriors and eventually in college.
She mostly enjoyed cutting up in the locker room and long bus rides with her teammates. Her drive and competitive spirit made her a natural leader.
Her first team was the Washington Slammers, followed by years of travel ball with the Drillers, Twisters, Ultimate, Jitterbugs and the Tulsa Eagles.
Each team presented new challenges and Jacie embraced each challenge.
As a catcher, Jacie was named All-State and won championships for the Lady Warriors in slow-pitch and was a valued member of the fast-pitch team.
Her dream of playing at the next level became a reality when she signed with Emporia State University, a power program in the MIAA Conference.
Jacie once again embraced the moment and before leaving Emporia State, she was named Rookie of the Year and two-time MIAA All-Conference.
Her leadership was never more apparent than when she accepted an invitation to serve on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
She stepped out of her comfort zone and overcame some natural fears, and learned so much about herself.
By chance one night, at an organization event, she met an aspiring young football coach from Cashion.
His name was Cale Cochran and the rest, as they say, is history.
They shared so much in common from their upbringing to their approach to life and they were a perfect match.
On July 3, 2018, Jacie and Cale were united in marriage in Edmond.
Life was exciting for Jacie in this new life chapter.
She graduated with her bachelor of science degree from Emporia and began a new career with Paycom.
Again, her drive and determination helped her quickly advance in promotions. With each promotion came new opportunity and she traveled the country promoting the company with the ultimate goal in management.
Throughout all of her life, Jacie remained true to one thing above all others: Her family.
She was a small-town girl and she loved coming home to Washington.
Jacie and Lea Ann were the best of friends and whether it was a family vacation in Destin, Disney World, camping and riding ATV’s in Colorado, a girl’s day shopping or just some quiet family time, Jacie knew there was no place like home. She always remained true to self. She loved snow cones and donuts, hanging out poolside with her sister Stephanie and, who could forget, her rap music.
More recently, she tackled the game of golf and looked forward to playing with Cale.
Nearly a year ago, Jacie stepped up to the plate again.
This was a new challenge, though, as she found out she would become a mother. And like every time before, Jacie owned the moment.
She had big plans and looked forward to being a mother to Jaxon Jay.
And her last big hit was her very best ever.
Jacie was preceded in death by her grandparents James and Becky Crawford and Ralph Stephens.
She is survived by her best friend and soul mate, Cale Cochran and their beautiful baby boy, Jaxon Jay, of the home; her parents Jay and Lea Ann Stephens of Washington; sister Stephanie Stephens of Washington; fatherin-law and mother-in-law Chris and Kerry Cochran of Cashion; brother-in-law Cayden Cochran and wife Sam and their children Posey Rhea and Brady Lyn of Emporia, Kan.; brothers-in-law Trae Cochran of Stillwater and Case Cochran of Emporia; grandmother Lois Stephens of Washington; great-grandmother Juanita Griggs of Purcell; several aunts, uncles and cousins and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Washington Warrior Event Center. Burial will follow at the Washington Cemetery.
The service will be live streamed on the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Facebook page.
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