Mary S. Locke


Saturday, January 12, 2008

KNOXVILLE - Mary Susan Locke, 86, loving mother, grandma, great-grandma and sister entered into Heaven at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2008) while at home surrounded by her loving family and devoted dog.

She was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Kewanee, the daughter of Joseph and Febronia (Van Wynesberg) Slock. They preceded her in death while she was just a young girl. She was reared and educated in Kewanee.

She was united in marriage to Lawrence A. Locke on Sept. 23, 1939, in Memphis, Mo. He preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 1985.

She leaves to mourn her departure a loving circle of family and friends including three daughters, Jeannie (and John) Howard of Dahinda, Rita Hatch of Rio Hondo, Texas, and Dixie Olsen of Waterbury, Neb.; four sons, Clay (and Kimberly) Locke of Victoria, Steve (and Deanna) Locke of London Mills, John Locke of Fort Myers, Fla., and Martin Larry Locke of Canon City, Colo.; twin granddaughters that she raised as her own, Melissa (and Dan) Stevenson of DuQuoin, and Melinda Locke of Galesburg; one sister, Elaine Heath of Valley, Ala.; two brothers, Richard (and Marzetta) Slock of Manlus, and Frank Slock of Rock Island; 20 additional grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; numerous friends and her devoted and loyal dog, Bo.

Mary and Lawrence farmed in the Cambridge area before moving to Knox County in 1967 where they continued to farm and raise their family. Mary was a devoted mother and farm wife. She worked at the Knox County Nursing Home for a number of years. She was known for baking the best cinnamon bread in the neighborhood and friends and family eagerly anticipated receiving their loaf each Christmas. Her grandchildren agree that she made the best pancakes and potato soup ever. Mary loved to spend time with her family especially during family wienie roasts. She collected roosters and anything Betty Boop.

She was dearly loved, not only by her family but by everyone who knew her. Her unselfish desire to help anyone in need, her cheerful disposition and shining courage are a living testimony of her character. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

There will be no visitation. A private family celebration of life has already taken place. Cremation rites have been accorded by Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home of Knoxville.

Memorials may be made to Prairieland Animal Welfare Center, operated by the Knox County Humane Society, and will be greatly appreciated by Mary and her family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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