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Blanche Cochrane nee Bekker
  • 92 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 22, 1923
  • Place of birth:
    South Africa
  • Date of passing: Jan 8, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Johannesburg, South Africa
In memory of our beautiful Ouma... at peace now but not forgotten.

This memorial website was created to celebrate the life and times of our beloved Ouma, 92, born on January 22, 1923 and passed away on January 8, 2016. We will remember her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Tanya Tracey (nee Cochrane) on 9th January 2018

"My momma ek is so jammer. I wish I could recover the hours I wasted. I took you for granted.  Missing you so very very much. Am glad the pain you went though is over. Still feeling bereft that I wasn’t there to sit with you, pray with you, sing to you, try to put your focus on something other than your pain and discomfort. It’s over now and can’t go back and undo all the pain I caused you when I was younger. Love you my mommy. Ek her jou lief"

This tribute was added by Shannon Cochrane Rattey on 8th January 2018

"Beautiful day out at Muriwai 'visiting' mom with Just, Pauline and Terry. Another year gone without you Momma. Love and miss you forever."

This tribute was added by Sarah Packwood on 8th January 2018

"Missing you so much today and everyday Ouma xxx"

This tribute was added by Colart Miles on 8th January 2018

"Missing you today Ouma... can’t believe it’s been two years already."

This tribute was added by Colart Miles on 22nd January 2017

"Happy Birthday Ouma."

This tribute was added by Tanya Tracey (nee Cochrane) on 8th January 2017

"Mommy I miss you no words can express that. I love you"

This tribute was added by Shannon Cochrane Rattey on 8th January 2017

"A year ago today this beautiful person went home to heaven. Miss you so much mom. xxx"

This tribute was added by Shannon Cochrane Rattey on 8th March 2016

"Two months now since you left us mom. I still seem to have a bottomless well of tears. Logic tells me time will ease the overwhelming loss, but I miss you every day. xx"

This tribute was added by Leona Downey on 22nd January 2016

"Thinking of Blanche today on her birthday

This tribute was added by Shannon Cochrane Rattey on 19th January 2016

"I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to tell my mother how special she was to me while she was alive. I found this letter from 2008 among her papers last week.


My Darling Mommy

As a little girl I can always remember feeling warm and loved and safe. Even though we didn’t have much money you gave me the privilege of having a dancing dream with years and years of excellent training & opportunity. All those costumes you sewed and shows you sat through! Thank you – those years taught me that I could have a dream. They gave me a love of the fine arts that has made my life rich.

To me you have always been a woman of strong character who sticks to her principles. You have never had the luxury of falling apart when life has been hard, but have always courageously dragged yourself up and kept going.  You faced tragedy with inner strength. You faced poverty with dignity. You did the best you could with what you had.  What an example that has been to your children! You taught us strength of character, decency and determination.  

Because of you I have also grown to be a strong woman who sticks to her principles. I believe I can achieve anything if I try hard enough. Mostly, people see me as kind, loving and genuine. That’s because you did an amazing job of raising me.
Often over the years people have asked me who I admire the most – who has influenced my life the most. Don’t be surprised! I always say ‘My Mom – she is the strongest and most loving person I have ever known.’

I miss you. I miss talking to you. I miss hugging you. I miss laughing and crying with you. I love you and I’m so proud to be your daughter.

Thank you for being my Mom.

AUGUST 2008"

This tribute was added by Bruce McGregor on 12th January 2016

"Goodbye Mrs C. Thank you for your son, my brother-in-arms. Thank you also for gracing this world with your patience. I can truly say that I never heard a mean or disparaging remark from you. How many people can live a life with so much acceptance for the status quo? Not many.
You are at peace now and your memory lives with us as an example of tolerance, strength and humility in correct proportion.
Finis Coronat Opus - The end crowns the work."

This tribute was added by Liesl Spies on 12th January 2016

"The first time I met Mouma I was 16 and she was my boss. I soon learnt that she wont stand for extended tea breaks or rule breaking. The next time I met her I was applying for quite a different position; that of girlfriend and then wife of her grandson, Pierre and later as the mother of her two great grandsons, Jovan and Keanu. I think she approved because what followed was a relationship where she always made me feel part of the family. I was priviledged to count on her genuine, honest and direct advice and often comfort when I needed it. I will miss Mouma's support, encouragement and especially our 'conspirational' chats on her bed. I wholeheartedly believe that she will be part of the 'possy' when the Angels ride into town to fetch me. Until then.
Liesl Spies ❤️❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Leona Downey on 12th January 2016

"Ouma will be remembered by me for her lovely warm smile, and her warm touch, she would often stroke my hand or cheek when we sat and chatted. She is at peace now, and  free from pain. My thoughts are with her devoted family and friends."

This tribute was added by Sarah Packwood on 12th January 2016

"Through the tears and the sadness of dark days which lie ahead, the sun will shine again and the warmth will return to our hearts.  Although you have gone, we each carry a piece of you around with us everyday.  Past down from generation to generation a part of us originates from you.  We are bound to this unconditionally, we will carry on your spirit, your aura, your soul and your very existence through the family tree you created and sadly left behind.  Your memory will live on in this generation and many future generations to come.  We will miss you, we may be sad but we also cheer and applaud you for being a special person and we are fortunate enough to be connected to such an amazing and beautiful lady.  Our love always Ouma"

This tribute was added by Jackie Cochrane on 12th January 2016

"We only met once many years ago when Georgina was a baby but you left a lasting impression. So glad I had the opportunity to meet such a warm compassionate person. You will be missed x"

This tribute was added by Tanya Tracey (nee Cochrane) on 12th January 2016

"My mommy You are fore ever missed and loved. Loosing you is the most painful event I have ever faced. I pray for every one left behind. Our loss is heavens gain. I love you mommy, but you always knew that didn't you. At the moment the pain of loosing you is too sore, when time heals a little I will begin to remember all the happy and sad memories we have had together. Right now I just need to grieve your passing my lovely mommy."

This tribute was added by Ashleigh Meyer on 11th January 2016

"Ouma my heart is so sad but I know that you are safe in the arms of our Father God.  You have no more pain and no more suffering.   I thank you for passing on those incredible genes, Genes of Strength, Compassion, Humor, Elegance; Determination and Faith..  Thank you for teaching me through your actions about perseverance.   The Love you so gently offer timelessly, constantly, endlessly, and infinitely. ... Thank you for your constant support and guidance to all your loved ones. ... Your honesty, integrity, wisdom and open heartedness have been a true inspiration throughout my life. ... And for teaching me, through your actions, about perseverance.
I will always Love you and will remember all the beautiful times I spent with you, memories I will cherish forever..

Its such a Grand thing to be a Mother of a Mother – that why the world calls her GRANDMother…

Your Loving Granddaughter – Ashleigh Donna"

This tribute was added by Just & Pauline Cochrane on 11th January 2016

"Right now I am full Of tears and there is no word I can use to describe how I feel. Our mother was a wonderful person very humbled and caring. I know that I could never  hope to achieve that no matter how long I live. Mom never complained too much about the constant pain she was in for all these years, but now  I know that wherever she may be she is free of pain."

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This memorial is administered by:

Colart Miles
Shannon Cochrane Rattey


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