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Marilyn Joyce Locke - 74

9/8/1941 - 10/8/2015

Macomb

On October 8, 2015 the streets of Heaven gained a beautiful, loving, and endlessly selfless angel. Marilyn “Joyce” Locke, 74, of Macomb, Illinois, peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus at her home surrounded by family. Born September 8, 1941 in McDonough County, she is now reunited in Heaven with her parents, Elbert and Mary Jane (Roberson) Rigg;  her sister, Linda Ward; her brother, Stanley Rigg, and two brother-in-laws, Larry Flockhart and Bill Shaffer.

Survivors include her loving husband, Paul Locke; two daughters, Paula (Mitch) Markey and Angela Locke both of Macomb, IL;  her granddaughter, Angelica Markey;  three grandsons, Caleb Markey, Cody Locke, and Colton Markey;  one brother, Roger (Jennifer) Rigg; and four sisters, Carolyn (Don) Ussery, Janet Shaffer, Dora Ann Flockhart, and Kathy (Tarry) Thompson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She leaves behind a lasting legacy of love. A legacy that impacted her community and shaped her family. She represented the best that humanity can offer—demonstrating real sacrifice, generous giving, and a passion for the spirit of kindness on a daily basis—ideals that she implanted in the hearts of her children and grandchildren so that they could further spread it to the world.

Joyce channeled this love into her cooking knowing it would make others smile and keep her family coming home for more. She was known for her homemade lemonade, potato salad, mashed potatoes, ice-cream and so many other meals, the culinary world will deeply miss.

On Saturday mornings you could find her at a yard sale or thrift store looking for the best bargain; oftentimes, just so she could give it away to another.  And in the evenings, she was always present on the front porch of her house—loving others and living deliberately.

She worked to support her family.  She began by babysitting young children in her home, cleaning houses, and working at the Maid-Rite in Macomb.  The majority of her working career was spent on the factory floor at Haeger Pottery in Macomb.
Put simply, she loved to love. It was in her nature.  Her family and friends were the center of her world, and she would plan opportunities to bring everyone together to create memories—whether she was organizing a family gathering, creating new traditions, or attending a community event. She had a spunky personality and a sense of humor that made being with her fun and enjoyable. She was the luckiest woman.  If she entered a drawing, you can bet her name would be drawn.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Lee Unger.  Burial will follow the services at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.  Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Monday. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that gives children hope.  The family has also established the Marilyn “Joyce” Locke Spirit of Christmas Memorial which will be used to support the Macomb Christmas Lighting and Decorating Contest. Joyce considered no higher honor than spreading the joy, spirit and true meaning of Christmas. This was demonstrated through her elaborate Christmas display each year, one of the great prides of her life.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com

Visitation:

6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at the Funeral Home

Service:

10:00 A.M. Tuesday at the Funeral Home

22 Comments

  • Deb McDaniel

    on 10/09/15

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of Joyce's family. I am sure that her loving and giving legacy will continue in all of you.
  • Mike and Susie Nichols

    on 10/09/15

    So very sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed the holiday decorations and saw the joy in Mrs. Locke's smile. Her legacy lives on in her family and the happiness she brought to many.
  • Jennifer Hitt

    on 10/09/15

    Thinking and praying for you and your family, Angie. The obituary is absolutely beautiful! I always,loved driving by during the Christmas Season to see the awesome decorations!
  • Cheryl Parry

    on 10/09/15

    Angie and Family I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. another angel received her wings. Jerry and Cheryl(Cook) Parry
  • Kent Garrison

    on 10/10/15

    Aunt Joyce had a beautiful soul. She babysat me when she was pregnant with Paula and Angie. Her legacy lives on with all of us. She will be greatly missed.
  • Annette Leckrone

    on 10/10/15

    Paula's and family; I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Jennifer Edholm

    on 10/10/15

    My sympathy and prayers are with you at your time of loss. May the wonderful memories give you comfort in your grief.
  • Pat Crawford

    on 10/10/15

    My Dear Brother Paul, My heart goes out to you and the girls at this difficult time. May you find contentment knowing Joyce is out of pain and in God's Kingdom, reuniting with her wonderful family members. Love and Prayers to all of you
  • Linda M. Whitlock Teel

    on 10/11/15

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Paula and all of the family. I pray the LORD will wrap his arms around each one of you and give you all the strength and comfort you need. Bless your hearts each and every day and know that I also send you love and hugs.
  • Larry Derry

    on 10/11/15

    Paul, sorry for your loss. Larry Derry Peoria, AZ
  • Bert and Darlene Whalon

    on 10/12/15

    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We always enjoyed driving by your home at Christmas also and seeing the "winter wonderland"!
  • Laura Sorrells

    on 10/12/15

    To my aunt Joyce, you were the best aunt, mother, wife, sister and friend. There are so many memories it's hard to pick one.You are a true Angle. I will forever hold your memory close to my heart. Love you! Till we meet again
  • Jessica Jackson & family

    on 10/12/15

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Joyce was a great women and will be missd dearly.
  • Estelene Bodenhamer

    on 10/13/15

    Dear friends--I have known Joyce all of her life and agree that everything the obituary says about her is true. She will be missed. My sympathies. EB
  • on 10/13/15

    Dear Friends---I have known Joyce all of her life and agree that everything said in the obituary is indeed true. My sympathies on her loss.
  • Estelene Bodenhamer

    on 10/13/15

    Dear Friends---I have known Joyce all of her life and agree that everything said in the obituary is indeed true. My sympathies on her loss.
  • Rebecca Cramer

    on 10/13/15

    I met Joyce while working at Haeger's. She was one of the hardest workers I knew there; was always smiling, did whatever job she was given and did it willingly. She was there when 'The Haeger Family' meant something because she was part of it ... always volunteering to help and donating to others in need. She was truly one of those I admired. She will be missed. Becky Cramer
  • Melissa Smith Peterson

    on 10/14/15

    We are thinking and praying for you and your family Paula. I pray that God comforts you all. So sorry to hear about your loss. With most heartfelt sympathy, Melissa Smith Peterson
  • Lynne Beaver

    on 10/14/15

    Paula, My heart goes out to you as you mourn and also as you move on and carry a bit of your mother with you. Her smile, her laugh, her kindness. Remember these, and also know that now she is healed. ( She looks lovely in her dress in this picture.)
  • Debra (Ruth) Schrock

    on 10/22/15

    May God sustain you and give you peace. Joyce will be greatly missed as a kind, welcoming presence in the community. So many memories of living "down the street"... I especially remember walking by the Locke home in the fall as the beautiful leaves of the nearby trees were falling and of course greeting Joyce or Paul as I went by... They were a constant in a world that is so inconsistent. Please know you have my deepest sympathy.
  • Karen Cale

    on 10/23/15

    My sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. She is indeed an angel in heaven. Her love will be with you forever
  • Vibrators

    on 05/23/19

    Paula was born and raised in Macomb where she still lives today. Her mother Marilyn "Joyce" Locke, 74, recently died on October 8, 2015, and her father is Paul Locke, a retired custodian from Macomb High School.

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