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.