Published in The Washington Post on October 4, 2012
MARGARET DOWELL KEARNEY March 24, 1919 - October 3, 2012
Margaret Dowell Kearney, 93, of Vero Beach, Florida,
passed away peacefully at Indian River Estates.
Survivors include her sister, Josephine Hinson of
Springfield, VA, and four sons, John Jeffress Cochran of
Venice, FL, Stephen Laurie Cochran of Chattanooga, TN,
David Dowell Cochran of Mechanicsville, VA and Douglas
Brooks Cochran of Vero Beach, FL. Eight grandchildren
and four great grandchildren also survive her.
"Maggie" was born in Washington, DC. and raised in
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY and Washington, DC. She graduated from Western High
School (1937) in Washington and attended Sweet Briar College where she graduated
in 1940 and spent her junior year abroad at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.
She met her first husband John P. Cochran while they were in High School, and they
were married in April 1942. World War II intervened and John served in the US Navy in
the Pacific Theatre. During the war, she studied at the New York School of Interior
Decoration and Design.
After the war, they lived in Detroit, MI, Cleveland OH and Pittsburgh, PA before settling in
McLean, VA in 1963. John's wartime service caused medical complications from which
he eventually died in 1965.
Maggie married Maynard S. Kearney, an old family friend in 1977. Sadly, he succumbed
to cancer shortly thereafter.
Through her marriage to Maynard Kearney, she gained stepsons, Michael and Phillip
and stepdaughter, Marianne. Family and home were her primary interests, however she
was an avid bridge player, taught French in elementary school, worked as a bookkeeper
for her father's business, and traveled extensively.
She was a longtime member of Civitan of Tyson's Corner, VA, The Woman's Club of
McLean, VA, McLean Postcomers, and Post Cana of Northern Virginia. She was a
member of the Little Falls Presbyterian Church, Arlington, VA for over 45 years.
When her health diminished she moved from McLean, VA to Indian River Estates in Vero
Beach in 2005. She loved deeply and will be missed by many.
Private interment in Arlington National Cemetery will occur at a later date.