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Suzanne "Sue" Lockard

March 7, 1932 — March 19, 2020

Suzanne "Sue" Lockard

Suzanne was born to Mark and Dorothea Wehrs and lived in Chicago with a younger brother, Bill. Growing up she was actively involved in Girl Scouts and was a camp counselor several summers. She attended Lawrence College in Appleton, WI and was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She received her RN degree from Northwestern University school of Nursing.Sue met her husband in the local bar hangout for Medical, Dental and Nursing students. Sue was sitting in a booth and Bill asked if she was alone, Sue told him to "bug off". Two weeks later, her roommate set her up on a blind date and when Bill came to the door, she said, "Oh, it's you." They dated during their junior year and engaged during the senior year. Bill drove a Checker taxi for money to take her out to dinner and buy an engagement ring. Bill and Sue share the same birth date - Bill is one year older. They were married on June 11, 1955 in Oak Park, Illinois. They are blessed with three wonderful children, Mike, Betsy, Amy, and now have 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.They enjoyed all kinds of pets including cats, dogs, horse, turtle, salamander, owl, crow, alligator and gold fish. Sue's special pet was her Belgian Tervuren dog, 'Benno'. Their most recent pet was 14 year old Black Lab, 'Max' Sue and Bill traveled extensively on safari through 62 countries on 6 continents, several month-long self-guided trips to Europe, sailed the Virgin Islands with friends. Summers were often spent at Bass Lake in Michigan building sand castles with all the cousins on the beach of Lake Michigan, and trips were enjoyed in Hawaii, Mexico and skiing in Colorado with the kids and family friends. Sue and Bill took turns sailing an Egyptian felucca on the Nile, which was exciting. While raising her family, Sue went back to work as an ICU nurse here at Mercy Hospital. In later years, Sue and Bill worked in 35 different nursing homes treating the residents. Sue was also involved in Delta Gamma Alumnae, Oklahoma City Dental Auxiliary, Blue Bird and Camp Fire Girls, serving as leader. She was a timer at many swim meets. She belonged to a group that played Bridge together for 45 years, summer days she swam every morning in our pool and played in a tennis group 3 days/wk. She was active in our church Hand Bell Choir, Altar Guild and with a group of ladies who made 100 quilts every year to donate where needed. She made baby quilts for our three children and one for each of our 10 grandchildren. Sue was awarded the Delta Gamma Cable Award, which recognizes alumnae who, through years of serving Delta Gamma, have evidenced unusual loyalty and devotion far beyond normal alumnae participation.In memory of Sue's service as a nurse and in lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org.Visitation will be Monday, March 23 at Smith & Kernke on May Ave. with the family receiving friends from 5 – 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Smith & Kernke. A private family burial will follow.
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