Patricia R. Cochenour, flower hybridizer, dog breeder

Patricia R. Cochenour, a District native who bred prize-winning beagles and was a hybridizer of award-winning day lilies, died Dec. 29 at her home in Reston. She was 71.

The cause was cancer, said her husband, James Cochenour.

For the past two decades, Mrs. Cochenour grew and hybridized day lilies, some of which received awards from the American Hemerocallis Society (“Screamcicle” in 2009, “Mystic Pizza” in 2012, and “Little Lemon Twist” and “Idoo Voodoo” in 2013). She also cared for the day lily collection at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna.

She bred and raised prize-winning beagles for several years and once won best of breed at New York’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show .

Patricia Rae Cox, a District native, was raised in Wheaton and was a 1960 graduate of Wheaton High School. After graduation, she spent a few years as a biological lab technician at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

Mrs. Cochenour enjoyed pottery and was a member of a local artist’s cooperative. Her memberships include National Capital Daylily Club and the Northern Virginia Daylily Society.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, James Cochenour of Reston; her mother, Ada May Cox of Sterling; and a brother.

— Megan McDonough

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