Carla McKinney Ochs


Our dear Carla passed away July 15 in Dallas.

She was the great granddaughter of Texas ranch settlers and oil industry pioneers, Samuel Mitchell Cowan Sr. and Allie Chick Cowan of Archer County. She was born Sept. 11, 1947, the second of four daughters to Carlton McKinney and Marjorie Cowan McKinney of Archer City, and Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her adoring parents and her high-school sweetheart, James Connor Ochs Jr., in 2015. The Ochs family are third generation members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dallas. She is survived by daughter, Allie; son and daughter-in-law, Connor and Megan; grandson, Aiden; granddaughter Georgia; her sisters Beatrice McKinney; Claudia M. Humphrey (Layton A.); Kathy Friedman (Samuel); and numerous adoring nieces and nephews.

Carla was raised in Dallas and spent many family holidays and summers on the family ranch, McKinney Ranch in Archer City. The McKinney Cattle Company, founded in 1902, was awarded the 100-year Certificate of Honor by the Texas State Senate, Family Land Heritage Program on March 19, 2004. This Award was given for a century of continuous ownership and operation as a Family Agricultural Enterprise and for the perseverance by the founders and heirs of the land.

She graduated from The Hockaday School Class of 1966, Mount Vernon Junior College Class of 1968, and American University Class of 1971 with a B.S. in Sociology in Washington, D.C.

Carla devoted her life to those in need. She was honored by the Texas Council on Family Violence Board of Directors for over 25 years of volunteerism in the management of the Family Place Store where all proceeds provide shelter, clothing, counseling and skills for victims of family violence.

Carla was a wonderful gourmet cook, lover of music and a fabulous storyteller whose infectious smile and twinkle in her eye entertained her family and friends endlessly. She will be greatly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to UTSW Medical Center https://engage.utsouthwestern.

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