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Vickie Jane Lockwood

Obituary for Vickie Jane Lockwood

November 30, 1949 - April 11, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 68

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Vickie Jane Lockwood was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 30, 1949 to Barbara Ann Kuntz Lockwood and Gene Duane Lockwood. She spent her early childhood years in Fort Wayne, but moved south of Auburn when she was about five years old. She went to J. E. Ober Elementary in Garrett, Indiana for 1st through the beginning of 4th grade. The family then moved into Auburn, where Vickie was a student at DeSoto Elementary for grades 4 through 5. She completed junior high at McKenney Junior High School. She then attended her beloved Auburn High School from 1964 to 1967, when Auburn consolidated with Ashley and Waterloo to form the DeKalb Central School District. She was a member of the first graduating class at DeKalb High School in 1968.

While in high school, she was very involved with extracurricular activities. She played flute in the band and was a member of the pep club, drama club, and varsity and swing choirs. She continued her love of theatre in junior high-to-high school by participating in plays and musicals. She was also a member of the yearbook staff and a Homecoming attendant three of her high school years.

Upon graduating from high school, she chose Indiana University Bloomington to begin earning her teaching degree in Language Arts. She transferred to the IUPU campus in Fort Wayne in 1969, where she earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degree. While earning her Bachelor's degree, she earned money for college by pumping gas for two summers at the Mobil Station in Auburn and working at Spiegel's and Harold Palmer Homes in Fort Wayne as a bookkeeper.

She began her full-time teaching career at Okeechobee Elementary in Okeechobee, Florida in1974. She taught there for a year before she decided to move back to Indiana. She then was hired by J. E. Ober Elementary in Garrett to teach 6th grade Language Arts. She taught there for 4 years before Harold Palmer offered her a job in Austin, Texas, as his office manager. The thought of living in the West intrigued Vickie, so she packed up her possessions and moved to the Lone Star State in 1981. She worked for Palmer for a year and decided she missed teaching terribly but loved Austin. She left her position and was hired by Lake Travis Schools to teach Language Arts in the 6th grade, Algebra, and Basic Computing in the 7th grade. While at Lake Travis, she sponsored the Student Council. She taught at Lake Travis for 2 years and was then offered a position in Austin proper at Hill Country Middle School for the Eanes Independent School District in1985. While there, she taught LA in 7th and 8th grade and sponsored the school's yearbook as well as the Student Council.

The school district then opened up a 2nd middle school, West Ridge Middle School, in 1987. Besides teaching 8th Grade LA, she was a cheerleading sponsor for a year. She continued sponsoring the yearbook, The Retrospect, and began earning honors in Texas. In 1990 the yearbook won the Gold Crown by Columbia University, the highest national award for middle school yearbooks, the top ranking from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, as well as the Tops in Division and Distinguished Merit by the Texas Interscholastic Press Association, the highest award in Texas. They won the top rating in Texas several years. She sponsored the yearbook for 4 years.

She was also involved with Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination as a coach and judge. She also sponsored Student Council for a year and the National Junior Honor Society for 5 years and a UIL coach/judge. Vickie then took a leap of faith and decided to sponsor trips to Europe during the summers for the graduating 8th-graders. She did this for 10 years and was fortunate to travel all over Europe, with a bonus trip to Australia. Her favorite places were Tuscany and Venice, as well as London, Edinburgh, Sorrento, and Amsterdam. Her students were thrilled, after studying the Holocaust in depth, to visit Anne Frank's House and the concentration camp at Dachau on two different trips. During these studies, the students were privileged to hear Eli Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and author of Night and other books about the Holocaust.

She was the LA department chair for 15+ years and wrote curriculum for the district, as well as LA exit/placement exams for 7th and 8th-grade for the University of Texas. She presented numerous times. During her last year at West Ridge, she wrote a retrospect of the school since it had been in existence for 20 years. This retrospect was a prelude to her retirement in 2012, after teaching for 35 years. She absolutely loved her middle-school students. They brought laughter, challenges, and deep affection each day she was at school. It kept her young at heart and kept her on her toes intellectually. No day was ever dull with her 8th graders, but they were the joys of her life. She was named Teacher of the Year at West Ridge and named to Who's Who of American Teachers five times.

One other activity that brought joy to her life was cooking. She managed to cater occasionally while still teaching and was known for her Southwestern Egg Benedict. The year after she retired, she catered breakfast once a month for the West Ridge staff of 80 employees. She made something different each time. After her mother passed away, Vickie decided to honor her mother and grandmother by writing and publishing a cookbook The Ever-Changing Palette, that included all of her favorites and those of her mother and maternal grandmother, who had been her inspiration.

Her other passion was the University of Texas Longhorns, especially football. Even though she was still loyal to the University of Indiana Hoosiers, her great love was the Longhorns, emerging when she moved to the college town of Austin.

Vickie is survived by her sister, Cindy Zimmerman of Lebanon, Indiana; and brother, Tim Lockwood of Auburn, Indiana, home of the Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg. She also has one aunt, Joan Davis; and has two nieces, Kim Welch and Kelley Terrill; and two nephews, Jason Lockwood and Matthew Lockwood; as well as four great-nieces and three great-nephews. Her parents are both deceased: her father, Gene Duane Lockwood, in 1994 and mother, Barbara Ann Kuntz Lockwood, in 2016.

There will be no service, per her request, but would like any donation to be given to Villalobos, a rescue for pit bulls, the ASPCA, or any children's hospital or children's section of a library.

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  • Per her request would like any donation to be given to Villalobos, a rescue for pit bulls, the ASPCA, or any children's hospital or children's section of a library.

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