Marilyn Ann Lockard, 84, of Lincoln, was born November 11, 1933, to Bernice
Good Dietrich and Henry Dietrich at home in Grand Island, Nebraska. She attended
the original Dodge School through second grade and completed her local schooling
at Barr Junior, and graduated with the class of 1951 at Grand Island Senior High
School where she was named to the National Honor Society.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Upper Elementary Education from Texas
Woman's University in Denton, TX. Marilyn was elected vice-president of the
College Government Association and was a member of the synchronized swimming
team at TWU. West Lawn Elementary School was her first teaching position in
Grand Island. She married Keith Lockard and they lived in Texas for several
After moving to Lincoln, Marilyn was a Camp Fire Girls leader, president of
Hawthorne PTA, and co-president with her husband of Lefler PTA. She was given a
Life membership to Nebraska State PTA. She worked for Lincoln Public Schools at
Pyrtle, Meadow Lane, and was on the Kahoa staff when that school opened in 1972.
Marilyn and her Kahoa colleagues were presented a Cooper Foundation Award for
Excellence in Teaching History. She and a fellow teacher were awarded a Cooper
Award for teaching Economics. She received the Dorcas Cavett Elementary Teaching
Award in 1984 from Mu Epsilon Nu honorary. In 1983 she earned her Master of
Education at UNL. She retired in 1994 while on the Kahoa staff.
Creating or enjoying beautiful things was a way she used her time to combine
and arrange fabric colors in quilts, to press leaves to dry, to marvel at
sunsets, flowers, snowflakes, and to write letters. She learned Spencerian
Script handwriting and used that skill to create many handwritten documents. She
was a Team Mate for an LPS student for six years, seeing her through graduation
from Northeast High School. Enjoyment of music was also one of her interests.
This included listening to bluegrass, ragtime, waltzes, violin, fiddle,
balalaika, drums, piano, bass guitar, harpsichord and Renee Fleming.
She was invited to design the Lincoln Quilters Guild raffle quilt in 1989.
She was a founding member of Applebee Quilters in 1991. She was a member of
Applebees, Life Pointe, Books and Birthdays Club, Autumn Souls Sunday School
Class and a long time member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church.
Marilyn and Keith traveled by train, plane, boat, and car to see the unique
animals, landscapes, gardens, and history of the United States. They visited 48
states, except for Alaska and Montana. Family reunions were often their
destination. They enjoyed 61 years of marriage.
She is survived by her husband Keith, daughter Anne Elizabeth Lockard of
Cleveland, Ohio, son and daughter-in-law Jay Martin and Denise Lockard, two
granddaughters Hannah Marie Lockard and Rebekah Elisabeth Lockard of Lincoln,
brother and sister-in-law Craig Henry and Janet Dietrich and nephews Boyd Alan
Dietrich of Lincoln and Aaron Craig and Laura Dietrich, and great nephew River
Elihu Dietrich of Eugene, Oregon, and fourteen first cousins
The family extends a special thanks to the staff in Memory Support at The
Landing and Larissa Jardine for their care of Marilyn in her journey with
A Celebration of Marilyn’s Life will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 6, 2018
at the St. Paul United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. David Lux will officiate.
Inurnment will be at a later time in Wyuka Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please
send memorials to St. Paul United Methodist Church.