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Lockard, Marilyn Ann


 

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 years.

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 Parkinson's disease.

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.





Guestbook for Lockard, Marilyn Ann

3:22PM Jan 11th, 2018
Rest In Peace, Marilyn.
John Kenkel (Rochester, MN)
4:09PM Jan 4th, 2018
What wonderful neighbors to have across the street from our home on M Street. Keith and Marilyn were always so kind and thoughtful. We missed them when they moved away. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Julie Angele (Lincoln, NE)
1:02PM Jan 4th, 2018
Anne, please accept my sincerest sympathies regarding your mother’s passing! I was your piano teacher (maybe your first) at the Beth Miller School of Piano. Your mother was very special! Blessings and prayers to your whole family. Angela (Wheeler) Jones
Angela Wheeler Jones (Mitchell, NE)
1:01PM Jan 4th, 2018
Anne, please accept my sincerest sympathies regarding your mother’s passing! I was your piano teacher (maybe your first) at the Beth Miller School of Piano. Your mother was very special! Blessings and prayers to your whole family. Angela (Wheeler) Jones
Angela Wheeler Jones (Mitchell, NE)
1:01PM Jan 4th, 2018
Anne, please accept my sincerest sympathies regarding your mother’s passing! I was your piano teacher (maybe your first) at the Beth Miller School of Piano. Your mother was very special! Blessings and prayers to your whole family. Angela (Wheeler) Jones
Angela Wheeler Jones (Mitchell, NE)
9:05AM Jan 4th, 2018
The honor and privilege to be friends with and care for my dear friend the last 6 plus year has been one of my biggest blessings. Always striving to get “Marilyn “ to come out and she did so many times! Her love for beauty in nature, quilting, but most of all her husband shown though daily! I will miss reading with her, our conversations, her laugh, her smile, her kindness , and her I love you’s and hugs! And of course her constant need to teach me! Always wanting me to be the best person I could be! You took a piece of my heart with you my friend! You will always be in mine. I love you M! Hugs and Love to the whole family !
Larissa Jardine (Lincoln , NE)
7:05AM Jan 4th, 2018
Marilyn & Keith were wonderful neighbors on S. 45th from 1965 to 1967. We learned so much from them. God bless!
Gary & Margy Ehrenfried (Norfolk, NE)
8:11PM Jan 3rd, 2018
Hello Precious Lockards, was so surprised to see Mrs. Lockards obit. I knew she was suffering. I knew she had amazing children and an incredible husband but I truly did not know how very accomplished she was!!!! I just k new she was always so very calm and fun to be with.
Vicki Patton-Klein (Lincoln, NE)
6:22PM Jan 3rd, 2018
To my friend, Jay Lockard. Now we know why you are the master teacher you are. May God comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow!
Matt Wagner (Lincoln , NE)
2:33PM Jan 3rd, 2018
A beautiful, intelligent and creative lady. She always made me feel welcome in her home and constantly had a creative project going on.
Chris Knoche (Lincoln, NE)
9:30AM Jan 3rd, 2018
I'll miss my longtime friend.
Jo Ann Hruban (Lincoln, NE)


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