Ethel M. Cockson
May 23, 1922 – Jan 10, 2018
The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 19th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. SERVICES Saturday, Jan. 20th at 9:30am, West Center Chapel to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St., for MASS at 10am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the National Epilepsy Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or Hospice House of Omaha.
Ethel May (Hall) Cockson, of Omaha, Nebraska, died of natural causes on Wednesday night, January 10, 2018. She was 95 years young.
Mrs. Cockson was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 23, 1922. As a child, she moved with her family to a small farm south of Columbus, Nebraska. After she graduated from high school in 1940, she become a secretary, excelling in typing and shorthand, and was hired as a secretary to the General Manager of the J.C. Penney store.
In January of 1943, she gave up her fledgling career to wed Arthur T. Cockson. For the next 14 years she was a farmer’s wife. In 1957, a prolonged drought forced the family to liquidate its farm assets north of Richland, Nebraska and move to Audubon, Iowa.
In 1960, Mrs. Cockson, her husband and their six children moved to Omaha, where she began working as a secretary and file clerk at Northern Natural Gas. Northern eventually merged with Houston Natural Gas to become Enron Corporation. She was still working part-time in 2001, when Enron declared bankruptcy, costing nearly 20,000 employees their jobs and their savings.
Mrs. Cockson loved playing bridge, bowling, traveling, sewing and going to the movies.
Mrs. Cockson was preceded in death by her husband, Art; her eldest son, Craig; and three of her four brothers: Ray, Bob, and Darrell. She is survived by five of her six children: Kent (Sylvia) of Foley, Alabama, Denise Ott (Daryl) of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Mark of St. Louis, Dwight (Sandy) of Ballwin, Missouri, and Scot (Carla) of Apex, North Carolina; a daughter-in-law, Joyce, of Omaha; a brother, Bill Hall of Ocala, Florida; a sister, Eleanor (Hall) Onak of Lakeland, Florida; fifteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.