DeLois Virginia Lockley (aka Dee), a West Point,Virginia native, was born in 1940. She was the eldest of two children born to the late Earl Lockley and Elizabeth Garnett Smith who preceded her in eternal peace. She grew up in Virginia and graduated in the class of 1958 from St. Clare Walker High School in Middlesex, Virginia. DeLois accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior at a very young age and was baptized at Antioch Baptist Church in Saluda, Virginia and continuously embraced being a servant of the Lord.
In the late 1960’s DeLois moved to Allentown and attended nursing school. She graduated as a Nurse’s Aide and in 1968 she began working at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown. After 48 years of being dedicated to her job, she retired in 2017. She loved her job and would say her job wasn’t a job but a place where she could help others and make others smile during their time of sickness.
DeLois was a loving mother of three sons, Nathaniel, Clarence and Royal. She devoted her life to them through countless sacrifices and made sure they were loved and cared for despite being a single parent. She always put their needs before her own. She is truly going to be missed by all who knew her.
DeLois was also a long-standing member of Lehigh Temple #930 Daughter of Elks. On March 4, 2020, God realized he was missing an Angel and brought DeLois home to be by His side. She traveled away with peace and grace surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
She leaves to cherish her fond memories: her companion, Tom Vicari; her three sons, Nathaniel Lockley, Clarence Lockley and Royal Smith, all of Allentown; one devoted sister who will miss her dearly, Queen Lockley of Brooklyn, New York; her loving and devoted nieces, who were there for her until the end, Angela Lockley-Mays and Sheanise Mays of New Jersey; aunts, Alice Lockley and Flora Lockley; grandchildren, Elissa Markham, Nate Markham, Kevin Lockley, Calvin (Sarah) Lockley, Bryce Crable and Clarence Jr. (CJ) Lockley; her favorite cousin, Diane Matthews; her favorite nephew, Gene Mays; her long-time friend, Marguerite Davis and a host of many great-grandchildren, cousins, relatives and friends.
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