Susan “Sue” Lockhart, 78, of Kingsland, Texas, passed away September 20, 2019. She was born to Wilbur and Virginia (Smith) Wickham on March 2, 1941 in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Sue built her life around her University, her husband, and her children. Shortly after entering the University of Illinois and during her freshman year, Annilee and Dave Shaul conspired to unite their respective friends and set Sue up on a blind-date with Don Lockhart. Their relationship blossomed and they married on August 27, 1961 (her junior year in college).
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Education, Sue continued at the University of Illinois and obtained her master’s degree in Education. While working as a pre and grade schoolteacher, she matriculated at the Texas Women’s University and obtained her master’s degree in August of 1988 in Counseling and Psychology and became licensed to work as a Marriage and Family therapist. Her second career was incredibly meaningful to herself and others. Sue was an independent, strong woman with gumption who believed in working hard at everything.
Sue and Don were quite the love story, and each considered the other to be the love of their life. Both were diehard Illini fans, filling their house with the Illini orange and blue and attending or watching the fighting Illini sporting events. When Don was offered a job in Dallas, Texas, they moved and made Dallas their home. Sue became a Texas Ranger’s Fan and was a charter member, and the 1st President, of the Texas Ranger’s Women’s Club. Sue and Don travelled annually to Santa Fe, New Mexico, staying at the Inn of the Governor’s. While this trip served as a romantic getaway for Sue and Don, they also experienced the food, art, the beauty of the natural scenery, and appreciated the culture of the Native Americans. Their final trip was in 2011. Sue was Don’s loving caregiver in his later years, and greatly mourned his passing on August 15, 2014, just a few days shy of what would have been their 53rd anniversary.
Sue thirsted for knowledge. In addition to her two master’s degrees, she loved to travel. Her children – Dana and Michael Lockhart – recount the story of Sue and Don driving as far as they could and ended up at the Kirkwood Lodge in the Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, Missouri. As a known planner and list maker, this was probably one of the few times in her life that she allowed the road to take her where it would. When Dana and Michael were old enough, they accompanied their parents to the Kirkwood Lodge, like clockwork, the same week of every summer.
She was also very methodical, analytical, and data driven. Her travel diaries didn’t just contain insight into her thoughts and experiences, but they were also full of data such as weather conditions. She loved to make and keep lists. Before travelling to one of her regular spots, she would pull out the same list she had made prior to the first trip she took, but this time it would be covered with cross outs, additions and notes about what worked and what didn’t. Sue believed in sharing her knowledge, and she taught and/or tutored her children in diverse subjects such as Spanish, Algebra, and Sentence Diagramming. After learning how to water ski, she and Don taught Dana, Michael, and all the kids on Michael’s swim team how to water ski. Sue was a great listener. That, plus her incredibly broad knowledge base, enabled her to converse with anybody she met.
Sue had an unconditional love for her children, demonstrating patience and listening without judgement. Every summer she would bake blueberry and peach pies with Dana. As she liked to plan, they would bake a lot of pies to enjoy now and to freeze and enjoy in the winter. When her kids were young, she would sew their clothes. She would wake Michael up at 5:30 in the morning for swim practice and she and her husband attended all but one local, state, and national swim competition. Her loving smile and support meant everything to her kids.
Susan Lockhart is survived by her daughter, Dana Lockhart of Vacaville, California, Michael Lockhart and wife Jeanette of Kingsland, Texas; nephews Todd Cline and wife Joni of Sugar Hill, Georgia, Lance Marshall and wife Jamie of Franklin, Indiana; and nieces Jennifer Blumhoefer and husband Bob of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Lindsey Boudeman and husband Matt of Atlanta, Illinois.
She is preceded in death by her husband Don Lockhart, mother, father, and sister Barbara Wickham.
No services have been scheduled. An online guest register may be signed at www.CremationAdvocates.net.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Cremation Advocates by Putnam, 206 Ave H, Suite 204, Marble Falls, Texas, 78654. 830-798-8413.
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