Patricia Cochran, the great-great-granddaughter of Butler University founder Ovid Butler and great-niece of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Booth Tarkington, died on December 5. She was 97.
Cochran, the daughter of Margaret and Donald Jameson, was a pillar of Indianapolis society, with memberships in the Indianapolis Women’s Club, The Dramatic Club of Indianapolis, Colonial Dames, Wildflower Society, the National World War II Museum, the American National Red Cross, the Society of Indiana Pioneers, and a life member of the Order of Merit.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 11:00 AM at Crown Hill Cemetery in the Gothic Chapel for visitation and services, followed by a reception at the Woodstock Country Club at 2:30 PM.
Her grandson Richard Austin Cochran Acheson, her son, John Huyler Acheson, her husband of 32 years, Richard A. Cochran, and her siblings, Margaret Jameson Wildhack and Donald Fenton Booth Jameson, preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Donald Jameson Acheson, and his wife, Clare Fox Acheson; her daughter-in-law Becky Acheson; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many cousins.
Patty Cochran’s connection to Ovid Butler begins with Ovid Butler marrying Cordelia Cole. Their daughter Maria Butler married Patrick Henry Jameson in 1850. Maria and Patrick’s son Ovid Butler Jameson married Mary Booth “Haute” Tarkington in 1886. Their son Donald Ovid Butler Jameson married Margaret Booth in 1915. Patty is their daughter.