Services will be held at First Baptist Church, Artesia NM on Wednesday January 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Jim Hickerson and Ty Houghtaling will officiate at the services. Burial following at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. Visitation will be at Terpening and Son Mortuary from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Pallbearers will be: Chance Underwood, Justin Levario, TJ Levario, Lewis Derrick, JB Parker, and Justin Herring.
Mary Lockhart, 102, was born July 28, l916 on a ranch near Capitan New Mexico to Samuel Newton and Minnie (Weldy) Mobley. She was a life-long resident of the Pecos Valley with the majority of her life in and around Artesia. Other places include Roswell, Hagerman, Lake Arthur, Cottonwood, Loco Hills and Carlsbad as her father worked the farms and ranches. Mary was married to Cecil L. Brazleton and they were blessed with two daughters, Mary I. and Jessie B. Mary and Cecil divorced and she later married Frank A. Lockhart. Ma as we called her was one of the strongest women we have ever known. She was loving, tough and spoke her mind. She will be truly missed by us all.
Mary worked for Guy Cleaners for a number of years and finally found her niche as a ranch cook for 30 years with Turkey Track Ranch east of Artesia. After her retirement Mary was involved in many volunteer activities which included AARP, Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary, and visited with the shut-ins for First Baptist Church. Mary loved to participate in activities at the Senior Center, member of the line dance team and she truly enjoyed the weekly Thursday night dances. Mary was very active everyday of her life, walking a mile a day when she could and was given the honor of being the exercise leader at the nursing home. Mary was very involved daily Bingo, craft activities, weekly Bible study and gospel singing. Mary was very talented in her ability to look at a dress in the window of a dress shop downtown and then go home and sew one without a pattern. Mary crocheted many afghans and sewed handmade quilts. If you were the recipient of either one you truly were given a gift from the heart.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank Lockhart, brother Tom Mobley, sisters Trudy Jones, Lillie Mitchell, Edna Fone, and Verna Mobley. Daughters Mary I. Huffmaster and Jessie B. Hardcastle. Grandchildren: Vernon Underwood and Nancy Vest, and 2-great-grandsons. Survivors include her sister Bonnie Henderson of Hobbs, NM. Grandsons Lenoy Underwood (Kathy), Leon Hardcastle, Henry Hardcastle. Granddaughters Leslie Blount (Sam), Kathy Parks (Danny), and Josie Ciempa (Jason). Great Grandchildren: Melanie Gleason (Brian), Brian Underwood (Shanan), Misty Lueras (Randy), Jamie Fairres (Kurt), Justin Levario, TJ Levario (Brea), Amanda Underwood, Cody Underwood (Vicki), Chance Underwood (Lindsey), Carrie Blount, Justin Herring. 28 great-great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
To celebrate her 101st birthday, Mary was able to experience her first commercial flight, stick her toes in the Pacific Ocean, visit an Aquarium, go whale watching and have her birthday cake set on fire. Mary was a firm believer in her love for God, her family, friends and country. She loved Independence Day, watching the fireworks out at JC Park. Mary always voted. It didn't matter if it was for a new President or a new Mayor she went and voted. Her first Presidential was in 1936 and her last was 2016, she did vote this last November 2018. We want to say a BIG Thank You all of the staff at San Pedro Nursing Home. Your love for her was always quite evident but especially this past 2 weeks.
Mary was a blessing to me. She always made me feel at home when I visited or spent the night out at Turkey Track. I remember when Mary was baptized. She said it was about time and I agreed!
Robert MantheiAledo, TX
Sorry we can’t make it to the services. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mary was true pioneer!
John and Alma WeldyDeming, NM
So sorry for your Loss, Mary will be Missed. She was a very sweet Lady had a smile all the time.
Autherean & Sue PrudeArtesia, NM
Such a precious friend to my mother, Eunice Bisbee. Our family loved Mary. What a joy to visit with her. She certainly led a phenomenal life!
Linda Bisbee PerlAbilene, TX
Wonderful woman. It is wonderful how she lived her life to the fullest.
Emily Moore McCawArtesia, NM
Leslie, I am so sorry for your loss. I know she meant a lot to you, and I know she loved and appreciated the care and love you gave to her over all these years. Love you!
Christie RileyPanama City Beach, FL
What a lady! I so enjoyed our visits at Turkey Track for many years. Godspeed to you sweet lady, Godspeed
Vern BoltonRoswell, NM
So sorry for your loss she'll be missed by many your in our prayers
Leona MathewsArtesia, NM
Mary was a very special person. I always enjoyed visiting with her, don't think she every met a stranger either.
June HamrickHobbs, NM
Love you Ma you will be missed
Kathy ParksYoungtown, AZ
To the family of Mary Lockhart-Mary was a treasure to know. She was a great walking partner at the TLC, and a wonderful friend. We will miss our pizza parties for her birthdays. She was amazing!
Alyson YoungHope, NM
Lenoy, my family is sending you and the family our deepest sympathy for your loss. I can remember one of the first time I meet Ma was when she was cooking at the ranch and she had cow parts in the sink soaking. I thought was so gross. But yes she was a very special person. Now she is up in Heaven catching everyone up on the news. Terri
Terri ( Belt) OdellGranbury, TX