Former Miss Cherokee Holiday dies at the age of 74

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/25/2016 02:00 PM
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Carol Lynn (Cochran) Hart was crowned Miss Cherokee Holiday in September 1959 in Tahlequah. Part of her prize included a scholarship to Northeastern State College (now Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah where she graduated from in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. She died Feb. 12 in Oklahoma City at the age of 74. COURTESY
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Carol Lynn Hart, a former Miss Cherokee Holiday and state employee, died Feb. 12 in Oklahoma City. She was 74 years old. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Carol Lynn Hart, a former Miss Cherokee Holiday and state employee, died Feb. 12 in Oklahoma City. She was 74 years old.

Born Carol Lynn Cochran in Claremore, Oklahoma, on Feb. 15, 1941, she was the younger of two daughters born to parents Marie Childers Cochran (a full-blood Muscogee Creek) and Joseph Cochran (Cherokee).

Hart grew up in Tulsa where she graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1959. After graduation, she was crowned Miss Cherokee Holiday in September 1959 in Tahlequah. Part of her prize included a scholarship to Northeastern State College (now Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah where she graduated from in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology.

In 1970, she married Marshall Hart of Tulsa and the now-divorced couple had one daughter, Laura, in 1975.

Hart was a retired social worker who served the State of Oklahoma for more than 35 years. She worked for the Department of Human Services and later the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

As a social worker, Carol worked all over Oklahoma including Tulsa, Girls’ Town, Weatherford, and Guthrie. She eventually settled in Oklahoma City in 1981 and finished her career as a medical analyst at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

Hart was a citizen of the Muscogee Creek and Cherokee tribes. She loved reading about history and researching genealogy, which included her Creek, Cherokee and English ancestry. She was also a well-loved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend.

Her father Joe spent 42 years as a law enforcement officer, which included time as an officer in the Tulsa Police Department and as a deputy sheriff for Tulsa County. He was also a deputy U.S. marshal. Hart’s paternal grandfather, George W. Cochran, was a law enforcement officer in Catoosa and a deputy U.S. marshal of Arkansas, which at the time included Indian Territory.

Hart is survived by her daughter, Laura Clark, of Culver City, Calif.; two grandchildren, Caroline and William; her sister, Christine; her nephews, Mitchell Chouteau and Michael Chouteau; her nieces Sharon Chouteau and Lavon Chouteau; her great-nephews Matthew and David Chouteau, Benjamin and Bradley Brown, and Kirk Kuykendall; her great-nieces DeAnne Foster and Christine Walsh; as well as great-great-nephews, great-great-nieces and cousins.

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