In Loving Memory Edith Constance Lockwood (Ryder) passed away October 27th, 2015 at the age of 83.
Edie was born in Kinuso, Alberta on December 11, 1931 to deaf mute parents Horton and Nancy Ryder. In order for her to grasp the English language, Edie’s parents had her spend time each week with the neighbouring farming family, listening to conversations. By the time she was a toddler, she could talk, but English was her second language, as she was fluent in Sign language by the time she was 4. As a
10-year-old child, Edie was asked to attend a Court hearing to represent her parents by interpreting in Sign. Edie was 13 years old when her first sibling Betty was born, and a young adult by the time sisters
Judy and Shelley came along. She taught them how to talk and sign, and a special bond was formed between siblings.
Her family moved to Calgary where she met Norman Lockwood, whom she married and together they raised 6 children of their own. Edie took great pleasure in her children and eventually grandchildren and great grandchildren, often voicing her pride in them all. She was a great cook, loved to entertain, and had an open door policy for extended family and friends. She would make too much food just in case someone showed up unexpectedly. A social creature by habit, Edie was actively involved in the
community, volunteering at school and acting in small theatre. A few of her favourite pastimes were card playing and dancing. She was also a talented story teller and loved to write. She dabbled in many hobbies over the years, enjoying gardening, painting, crafting and cake decorating. Edie was always stylish & youthful in appearance, often noted for wearing hats and high heels.
Over the years, Edie and Norm farmed in Lyalta, Alberta, ran a Drive-Inn restaurant in Langford, lived in
Victoria and Mara before settling down in Grindrod for 15 years. They moved to Kamloops when the children were grown and Edie bought a franchise “Our Baby Impressions”, which kept her very busy. She eventually had to quit work to be a caregiver to Norm, who suffered from MS. Edie lived her later years in the Vernon area, where she eventually passed from Alzheimer’s. Edie was predeceased by her husband Norman whom she was happily married to for 47 years, as well as her beloved daughter Melanie (Pat) Thompson. Edie leaves behind children Linda (Randy) Lang, Doug (Diana) Lockwood, Fred (Shelley) Lockwood, Naomi (Terry) McKay, Mike (Sue) Lockwood, 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, sisters Betty (Frank) Lucianovich, Judy (Terry) Crandlemire, Shelley (Andy) McKegney, many nieces and nephews, and her companion of 12 years, Art Bordeleau.
Something we will always remember fondly of Edie is her good nature, her fun loving sense of humour, and her infectious laughter. She will be sadly missed by all.
Thank you to staff at Heron Grove for her care in her final year of life.
Celebration of Life for Edie Lockwood will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon. She sadly passed away on October 27, 2015.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 0155. Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com