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Social Butterfly February 16, 2006

Evelyn Madison
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. 


100 Year-old Opal Cochran


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.


Political 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. 


For additional information about this event or the San Diego North County Bluegrass & Folk Club, call President Sandy Beesley at 726-8380, email to or check the website at





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