||February 16, 2006
The Social Butterfly
San Marcos Resident
San Marcos Resident,
Opal Cochran, Turns 100 Today
Opal Cochran was born on
February 16, 1906, in Oklahoma Territory (Oklahoma was not yet a state). She
grew up on the Indian Reservation and as a young child she met the boy she would
later marry, a boy who lived on the ranch next door to her family.
At midnight on January 1,
1930, Opal married Carl M. Cochran, the boy next door. Their only child, Larry
Cochran, was born February 8, 1936.
During her lifetime she
lived in Grove, Oklahoma; Joplin and Seneca, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas, Grand
Junction, Colorado; Santa Fe Springs, Leucadia, and San Marcos, California; then
in 1989 moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to be near their son. After her son,
husband, and sister (who lived with them) died, "Nana" (as everyone calls her)
soon returned to San Marcos where "her church family" was. Opal is a woman of
immense faith and years before, she and Carl had helped found Palomar Christian
Church in San Marcos.
Opal and Carl were
married 66 1/2 years when Carl passed away in 1996 at the age of 91. Her son,
Larry, passed away in 1995 at the age of 59. She suffered a stroke and had to
be moved to an assisted living facility. A few bouts of pneumonia and another
stroke took her to the hospital and rehab to regain her speech and use of her
left side. She overcame all this and now resides in Room 227 at the Village
Square Nursing facility on San Marcos Blvd.
She is a delightful
woman, and although she can't hear well and she is legally blind, she is able to
greet everyone she meets with a smile and a complimentary word. In her
lifetime she has seen the first airplane, the first space shuttle, the first TV,
the first computer, the first crank telephone . . . and the first cell phone.
Opal's remaining family
are three granddaughters, Linda, Kathleen, and Alison; and six
great-grandchildren, A.J., Colin, Tyler, Carlie, Ryan, and Cole. The family
recently held a birthday party for "Nana" and the Village Square Nursing Home
celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday.
Republican Women Host
Several Candidates for Various Offices
At the recent meeting of
the Lake San Marcos Republican Women, Federated, at the Lake San Marcos Country
Club, several candidates spoke regarding their campaigns for various offices.
The candidates in attendance and running for Congress were Alan Uke and Howard
Kaloogian; for State Assembly for 74th District were Martin Garrick and Marie
Waldron; Bruce Ruff for Sheriff; and Bruce Thompson for County Supervisor was
represented by his son, Dan. Additional candidates will be invited to the next
few monthly meetings.
Candidates Above, l-r, Bruce Ruff, Howard Kaloogian, Alan Uke, Martin Garrick
and Marie Waldron.
The LSM Republican Women
meet on the first Monday of each month, starting at 11:30am, at the LSM Country
Club. For information about the organization, call the president, Mary, at
471-2846, or upcoming programs, call 1st vice president, Annette, at 752-8605.
Paula Jhung to Speak at
University Women Meeting
Saturday, February 18, is
the date for the meeting of the American Association of University Women. The
meeting starts at 9:30am at the Rancho Escondido Clubhouse, 525 W. El Norte
Pkwy., Escondido. Visitors are invited. Coffee will be served. For
information, call Carol at 484-1238.
The speaker will be Paula
Jhung, author of several books, the latest of which is "Cleaning and the Meaning
of Life." She will give a humorous talk on the benefits and pitfalls of
decluttering one's life.
"Heart of Love" Theme
for Christian Women's Meeting
When the San Marcos-Vista
Christian Women's club meets on Monday, February 20, the theme will be "Heart of
Love." The meeting starts at 11:30am at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750
San Pablo Drive.
The special feature will
be a demonstration on how to make different kinds of hearts using flowers,
papers, and cloth, presented by Ellen's Enchanted Gardens in Escondido. The
keynote speaker will be Arlane Hart from Corona. She is a talented musician and
teacher who incorporates music throughout her talk. She will share how she
found peace after the loss of her daughter.
Men and other guests are
welcome at this meeting. Cost of the luncheon is $11 inclusive. The club has
no membership or dues. Please make reservations today, Thursday, February 16th,
by calling Vera at 727-1372 or Muriel at 744-3744. The luncheon is sponsored by
Stonecroft Int/and Christian Women's Club. Check the website at
"A Taste of San Marcos"
Mixer Hosted by Discovery Bank
The Thursday, February
23rd Chamber Mixer is going to be "A Taste of San Marcos" with several
restaurants providing the delicacies. The event will be held at the Discovery
Bank building, 338 Via Vera Cruz, (behind Restaurant Row), San Marcos. There
will be door prizes, a no-host bar, and food, food, food. Cost is $5/members
and $10/guests. For information, call the Chamber at 744-1270. You don't want
to miss this one!
Chef Cassie Kruger from
Anything But Ordinary Catering is coordinating the food to be furnished by the
following restaurants: Fish House Vera Cruz, Friar's Folly Bistro & Wine Bar,
La Playa Cantina & Grill, Leann's Cafe, Market Street Cafe, San Marcos Brewery &
Grill, and Zip & Zack's Restaurant, Bar, Grill & Entertainment. Chef Cassie can
be reached at 535-5760.
Bluegrassers Sheri Lee
and Blue Heart to Perform in March
Prepare yourself for a wonderful evening of traditional country with a folk
flavor, original songs, bluegrass, and a warm voice. Sheri Lee on vocals, and
her talented friends Dave Richardson on banjo and Dean Knight on bass, form the
solid foundation of Blue Heart, and she will be bringing along Eric Uglum and
Chris Ward for a bit of extra zing. The date is Tuesday, March 7th, starting at
7pm, with Sheri taking stage at 8pm, at the Round Table Pizza, 1161 E.
Washington, (corner Ash St.), Escondido.
additional information about this event or the San Diego North County Bluegrass
& Folk Club, call President Sandy Beesley at 726-8380, email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website at