Mount Vernon News
  • Mary Lou Lockard

  • January 12, 2010

GAMBIER — Mary Lou Lockard, 63, of Gambier passed away Jan. 10, 2010, at Knox Community Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born Nov. 29, 1946, in Elmira, N.Y., and grew up in Lima, Ohio. Before retiring in 2007, Mary Lou served for 18 years as an administrative assistant to four deans of students at Kenyon College. She graduated from the Ohio State University in 1968 with a degree in home economics and child development. She and her husband moved to Gambier from Chicago, Ill., in 1988. Mary Lou’s greatest joy was spending time with her two precious grandsons, who held a very special place in her heart.

Mary Lou is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, J. Thomas Lockard; her daughter and son-in-law, Laura Lockard and Dallas Sanders of Des Moines, Iowa; her mother, Myra Philpott of Mount Vernon; two grandsons, Gus and Nash Sanders; and a sister, Barbara (Jim) Roy of Irvington, N.Y.

Her father, Wade E. Philpott, preceded her in death.

There will be no calling hours. A celebration of life service for Mary Lou is being planned for a later date in the spring and will be announced in the Mount Vernon News. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is handling the funeral arrangements for the Lockard family.

The family would like to thank the caregivers and staff of the Knox Community Hospital Cancer Clinic for their exceptional care of Mary Lou during the three years they treated her.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Lou’s memory to the Center for Cancer Care, Foundation for Knox Community Hospital, 1330 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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