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Rebecca Ann "Becky" Lockett

    Rebecca Ann "Becky" Lockett, 62, Normal, IL, died Tuesday – May 14, 2013 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL

     Her funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington with Mr. Doug Ferrier officiating. Burial will follow at Funks Grove Cemetery, rural McLean with Ch, Lt Col Kevin L. Lockett, officiating at the graveside committal. Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m., Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 am on Saturday at the memorial home.

     Memorials may be made to the Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761 or Camp Tecumseh (Quilt Camp) Scholarship Fund, 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Rd., Brookston, IN 47923, (include Becky's name on memo line) or go to

     Becky was born June 13, 1950 at Streator, IL a daughter of Stanley Leland and Mary M Palochko Matsick. She married Michael Lee Lockett April 8, 1972 in St. Stephen's Church, Streator, IL. Her loving husband survives and will carry on the love she had for people and the arts.

     Also surviving is her mother, Mary M Matsick, Normal, IL, two sons, Michael Wayne (Rachel Nicole) Lockett, and their children, Michael Thomas, Emma Nicole and Evelynn Elizabeth Lockett, Lakeville, Minn., and Mark Andrew (Dawn Cheryl) Lockett, and their children, Eleni Dawn and Julia Garyn Lockett, Normal, IL, a sister, Ramona Jean (Gerry) Garner, Hudson, IL, a niece Amanda Jean Garner, Santa Monica, CA, and a nephew Alex Stanley Garner, Beverly Hills, CA.

     Her beloved father preceded her in death. The family recognizes and appreciates the care of Dr. Pramern Sriratana for both Becky and her father. He enabled them to enjoy many quality years with their loved ones.

     Becky was a lifetime student and educator. Becky received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1972, a Master of Science in Education in 1979 and a Certificate of Advanced Study, in 1994, all from Illinois State University. She earned her Master Gardener certificate from the University of Illinois Extension in 2009.

     Becky was a woman of unlimited talent and creativity. Her group activities included the Hands All Around Quilting Guild, Lexington (Sew & Tell) Quilt Guild, Hudson Area Quilt Guild, the Illinois Principals Association, and Illinois Reading Council. She and Mike were founding members of the American Heritage Dancers from 1968 to 1974. She was an award-winning watercolor artist, dancer, quilter, egg carver. She was a bead artist, photographer, paper sculptor and bobbin lacer. She enjoyed making pysanky egg, doll-making, fabric dyeing, sun-printing, and barbershop music.

     Becky formerly taught at Ben Funk School in Unit District 4, Metcalf Lab School, Heyworth Elementary School and later was a teacher, technology director and principal at Tri-Valley Elementary School, Downs, IL. Tri-Valley was rated among America's top-performing elementary schools immediately following her retirement in 2005.

      Becky was an affirming, encouraging and motivating person. Her grace and compassion affected all who knew her. She inspired people to believe they could accomplish anything.




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  • Valerie and Ryan Jackman
  • Thursday, May 16, 2013
Dawn, Mark, Eleni, Julia, and family-

SO very sorry to hear of Becky's passing. She was a wonderful lady who was very passionate about about her family, her hobbies, and life. We really enjoyed sitting with Becky and Mike at Black and White Ball- such personable, encouraging,and welcoming people. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. May the many memories you have in your hearts be able to bring you solace and comfort in the days ahead and your faith in the Lord keep you strong.

Becky is now free of her illness and at peace and she is soaring among the many beautiful angels in the heavens that watch over us.

Love to you all and I am only a phone call away if anything is ever needed!!! I will continue to pray for you all!
  • Sherry Tipsord
  • Thursday, May 16, 2013
Prayers and thoughts to your family. Becky and I taught at Tr- Valley. Elementary School for many years. She was a dedicated teacher and achieved the highest instructional goals for children.
  • Gordon Turnbull
  • Thursday, May 16, 2013
Mike and family
Sorry to hear of Becky's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Gordon and Jan Turnbull
  • Dave and Tracey Schmidt
  • Thursday, May 16, 2013
Becky was a great gal, and she has left a great legacy of laughter and love. We all are better for knowing her.
  • Kay Wilson
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
Dear Mike and Family,

It was with great sadness that I read about Becky's death. It came much too soon. She was a very talented artist in so many ways. I also enjoyed and admired her beautiful gardens as I walked on the trail. My condolences to the family.

Kay Wilson
  • Sue Black
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
Dear Mike and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my prayers.
Sending peace to you all.
  • Judy Hess
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Becky was an excellent educator and administrator. Most of all---she was a true and valued friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

May God bless and keep you.
  • Laura Packer
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
Dear Mike and family,

Kevin and I are so sorry for your loss.

The love Becky brought into the world isn't gone. We all still feel it. In my faith we firmly believe that no one is really gone as long as they are remembered. We will help you remember her.

You are all in our thoughts, prayers and stories.

Laura Packer and Kevin Brooks
  • Tina Rohde
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
Mike and Family,
My prayers are with all of you. While I never met Becky, I feel like I knew her from all the stories that have been shared. While this time is difficult my wish for all of you is to take time to remember and tell the stories of your loved
one. I know when my dad passed away that was the bitter sweet gift we were given - one of time together and time to share.
Tina Rohde
  • Bobbi
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
Becky will surely be missed, but remember all of the good times. She was a remarkable woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Ed & Bobbi Thomas
  • Trish Boyd
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
Mike and family,

I am so sad to hear about Becky. I worked with her at Tri-Valley. Becky was a great inspiration, mentor and friend. She is the one who encouraged me to become a school principal. When I think of Becky, I remember her creative talents, her passion for learning, her compassion for others, her love of her family and her deep faith in God.
  • Barbara Schutzgruber
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
Dear Mike-
I am so sorry to hear of Becky's death. You and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the stories and memories of your life together keep her close to you always.

Barb Schutzgruber
  • Melissa & Jason Smallenberger
  • Friday, May 17, 2013
Your entire family is in our prayers. She was a talented, family focused woman.
  • Scott Noth
  • Monday, May 20, 2013

I heard of Becky's passing today, and I am deeply saddened that the world has lost such a wonderful lady.

I will always remember her wonderful artwork, which will live forever for new generations to appreciate and admire.

Your friend,
  • Kelly Stone
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I am very sorry to hear of Mrs. Lockett's (Becky) passing. I had her in 4th grade (1973 i think) and I was quite a handful . She made such an impression on me. I never forgot her name, or the special things she did for her class. I remember she always brought in ribbon candy and shared it with us. She always had a great smile and an unforgettable laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Kelly Stone
  • Shelley Otis
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Mr. Lockett, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers to you & your family.
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  • Sunday, June 18, 2017
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  • Monday, July 10, 2017
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  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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