An Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher, described as selfless and “the hardest working woman,” died Monday after contracting COVID-19.
Laurie Cochran, 50, was a wife, a mother of three and a fourth-grade teacher at Kaiser Elementary.
Her family confirmed through public Facebook posts she died after contracting COVID-19. Her son, John Page, wrote she caught the virus about 10 days before her death and was on a ventilator for a week.
Page said Cochran’s family was allowed to visit her at Integris Baptist Hospital for the final time.
“You were the hardest working woman and the most selfless as well,” Page wrote in a social media tribute. “You taught us to be respectful, kind, loving, patient, and above all else to honor Christ in everything we said and did.”
Cochran’s funeral service will take place Monday at Bethany First Nazarene Atrium. In lieu of flowers, her family requested donations to the American Kidney Fund.
Cochran graduated cum laude from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education in 2000, according to her obituary. She completed her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017.
“She loved her students and had a tremendous impact on her 4th, 5th and 6th graders at OKCPS Creston Hills, Linwood, and Kaiser Elementary Schools,” her obituary states. “… She was a dedicated teacher who always wanted the best for her students.”