Harriet Locke

Harriet Faye Locke, 81, of Arkansas City, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2019, 

Harriet is known to her husband, children, grandchildren, friends and family to be a godly woman and faithful prayer warrior. She gave her life to God at a very young age at First Baptist Church in Dexter and continued to serve and love the Lord until her final breath.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the First Baptist Church, 220 E. Central, in Arkansas City. Pastor David Stanley will officiate. Burial will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery, Newkirk, Okla. 

Friends can greet the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in Harriet’s name be given to First Baptist Church, Kindred Hospice or Manna Ministries. Contributions can be made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. 

Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.

Harriet Faye Johnson was born during the night in the home of her parents, Roy A. and Fay L. Kincheloe Johnson, on Dec. 8, 1937, in Burden. One of Harriet’s favorite stories that her momma told is about the night of her birth. Her brother, Phillip Roy, asked, "Are we going to keep her?" to which momma replied, "We surely will.”

Living in Burden until the age of 3, she moved several times due to her father’s job on a highway bridge construction crew. The family settled in Dexter just in time for first grade. She attended Dexter schools through 12th grade. Harriet was the editor of her yearbook and graduated in 1956 as salutatorian of her senior class. After graduation, Harriet received a scholarship to Arkansas City Junior College (ACJC). While attending college, she also worked as a waitress for a year and then she took a job at the welfare office in Ark City as a clerk.

Harriet married the love of her life, Wesley Eugene Locke, on Jan. 5, 1958, at the Dexter Baptist Church. They moved to Newkirk in 1982 but spent most of their married life in Arkansas City, where they farmed and raised their three children. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2018 in Arkansas City with friends and family. 

Along with farming and raising three kids, Harriet worked side by side with her husband during their many business adventures, including Amway, the Locke Insurance Agency and the Locke High & Dri mini storage. Harriet’s hobbies included reading, playing cards, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Harriet has been a member of First Baptist Church of Arkansas City since 1993. She served there as director of Manna Ministries for more than 10 years. She loved serving and helping the people of Ark City as well as bringing church members together in ministry.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Roy and Fay Johnson, and her brother, Phillip Roy.

Harriet is survived by her husband, Wesley Eugene Locke; her sister, Jackie Shafer, of Arkansas City, and her sister, Barbara Shirley, of Tulsa, Okla; her daughter, Jeanne Marie Locke Schermerhorn and partner, Marzette Hickerson, of Arkansas City; her son, Russell Eugene Locke and his wife, Laura Locke, of Edmond, Okla., and their five children, Paige LeAnn Locke, Kaila Rene Locke, Zachary Eugene Locke, Hannah Marie Whitmire and her husband, Travis, and Jessica Lee Gerken; her son, Justin Bradley Locke and his wife, Tiffany Locke, of Phoenix, Ariz., and their six children, Lloyd Allen Locke and his fiancée, Julia Solomon, Destiny Sherell Chadwick and her husband, Eric, of Utah, John Villa, James Villa, Josephine Villa and Jasmine Alexander. She is also survived by "the little loves of her life,”f our great-grandchildren, Kyara, Zayanna, Dean, Dawson and Samuel, and two more soon to be born in December and March.

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