Jene Arleigh (Miskimins) Lockie

Monday, April 3, 2017 4:33 pm

Jene Arleigh (Miskimins) Lockie, of Cresco, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco. She was 91 years old. Funeral services were Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cresco. Friends called one hour prior to services at the church. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Cresco. Lindstrom Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Jene was born at home Jan. 26, 1926, near Riceville, to John Gadis and Margaret Magdelene (Meyers) Miskimins. She attended country school and was a 1942 graduate of Riceville High School, graduating early at the age of 16. Following high school graduation, Jene taught country school, then attended and graduated from Hamilton Business College in Mason City. Her first job was as a legal secretary for a law firm in Osage. Jene and Reed Lockie were united in marriage Sept. 8, 1946, at the Congregational Church in Riceville. Thus began their 49-year marriage where they lived and farmed in the Riceville and Cresco area. To this union they were blessed with four children: Gordon, Deborah, Maureen and James. Jene was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. She shared her talents as a homemaker and gardener by creating many wonderful meals for family and friends using produce harvested from her garden. Her home frequently had a bouquet of fresh flowers she had grown, picked and arranged from her flower gardens. Throughout Jene’s lifetime, in addition to her involvement in the family farm, she worked as a secretary for the Riceville and Howard Winneshiek Community School Districts. In 1986 Jene began a 20-year career working in the garden center at Walmart in Decorah. It was here she was able to share her passion for gardening with customers and formed many lasting relationships. Jene was a member of the Cresco United Methodist Church and Circle. She was active in several community organizations including the Cresco Garden Club, Howard County 4-H, Northern Stars Neighborhood Club and Cresco Saddle Club.

Four children survive Jene: Gordon (Jeanine) Lockie of Riceville, Deborah (Robert Goold) VanArkel of Grinnell, Maureen (Tom) Shroyer of Decorah and James (Lisa) Lockie of Elmwood, Wis.; nine grandchildren: Andrew (Melissa) Lockie, Erin (Mike) Shea, Michael (Amy) Lockie, Rachel (Nick) Boyle, Emily (Jonathan) Klein, Thea (Tobias) McCarthy, John (Cecilia) Shroyer, Ellen Shroyer, Elizabeth Shroyer; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Reed Lockie; son-in-law, Craig VanArkel; five sisters: Frances Miskimins (in childhood), Calista Day, Helen Hubacher, Gladys Lange, Margaret Broghammer; and one brother, Robert Miskimins.

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