Minnie Irene Cockrell
Class of 1946


©Published on April 25, 2004

Minnie Irene Cockrell

"Miss Mini Bee"
Oakland, California
December 18, 1928 - April 11, 2004

Minnie Bateman passed away on the night of Easter Sunday, peacefully at home surrounded by her children. She is survived by her loving family: Ginger, her dog and true companion. Her brothers: George Cockrell of Oakland, CA. Darwin Cockrell of Missoula, Mt., Her sister Clarissa Breier of Oakland, CA. Her children: William and Tammy Swain of Ellensburg, WA., Dona1d and Dee Swain, of Alameda, CA., Michael and Georgia Swain of Alameda, CA., Irene and Tom Keating of Tucson, AZ., and Timothy and Cathy Swain of Danville, CA. Her Grandchildren: Tabitha and Joel Klucking, Samantha and Mike Nelson, DonPaul and Lorianne Swain, Tracie and Marc Paine, Trent Swain, Mike and TJ Swain Jr., Ken and Cory Swain, Robert Swain, Tom and Paula Keating, Kendra Keating, James and Gail Keating and Irene Ronda Swain. Her Great Grandchildren: Alyssa, Kaelen, Adeline, Michael, Zachary, Samantha, Sidney, Ken Jr., Callie, Jacob, Lauren, Elizabeth and Maisie. Along with her warm and loving extended family too numerous to mention.

Minnie was born in Oakland, CA and spent her entire life in the community. She attended Fruitvale School, Brett Harte Jr. High School, and Oakland High School. She was an Honorary Lifetime member of the PT A. A member of the Lakeside Garden Club. She received the honor of being named Alameda County, "Woman of the Year" in the Arts in 2001. She joined Stagebridge in 1995 and was the founder of their "Grandparent Tales Writing Contest." Sharing her stories, she touched the lives of so many children throughout the entire Bay Area.

Anyone that ever knew her --- shared an ice-cream, a smile, a walk, a movie, drew her a picture or wrote her a poem --- should know that these were the things she enjoyed most in life, simply sharing her time with people. If you didn't know her, chances are that someone you know did. That's just the kind of woman she was. She gave each and everyone of us that had the privilege of knowing her, the gift of her kindness, generosity, laughter, joy of life, love and friendship. These qualities, we should remember and carry with us. She will be missed but she will never be forgotten. Please, continue to tell "her" story.

If you are so inclined, donations may be made to Stagebridge/Grandparent Tales, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94612. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 1:30 pm at Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Drive, Alameda.