LAKE PLACID €" Following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, May Louise Lockwood, 80, died at her home, "Cheery Lodge" on Lake Placid on April 22, 2007. She was surrounded by family and had received well wishes from hundreds of messages via her Web site on caringbridge.org

Louise Lockwood was born in Philadelphia on Nov. 14, 1926, the daughter of Herbert and Frances Kieckhefer.

She grew up in Riverton, N.J., where she lived until her marriage to Carter Lockwood in April 1948.

She graduated from Foxhollow School, Lenox, Mass., in 1943 and majored in art at Smith College for three years, before transferring to the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, where she studied advertising art.

After their marriage, Lou and Carter lived in Pine Valley, N.J., for two years before moving to Moorestown, N.J., where they lived and raised a family of four children. In 1957, they moved to Loudonville, N.Y., where a fifth child was born in 1960.

Lou had first come to Lake Placid at age seven with her parents and except for the war years, they spent the summers at the Lake Placid Club. After their marriage, Carter and Lou returned to the Adirondacks for many summer and winter vacations. In 1965, they moved to Lake Placid permanently. In 1968, they opened their gallery-shop, The Studio, on Main Street, for which they produced much of the craft work themselves. They sold the Studio in 1978 and after the 1980 Olympics, began dividing their time between Colorado Springs and Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., always returning to Lake Placid for the summers.

In the late 1980s, tragedy struck and Lou and Carter lost their son, Herb and daughter, Francie in accidents just two years apart. With the help of family, friends and faith, they made a slow recovery from that terrible period in their lives.

Lou was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames. She served on the boards of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and Camelot, a St. Francis Home. She also served on the vestry of St. Eustace Episcopal Church, where she spearheaded the needlepoint project in 1974, designed all 12 pieces and stitched five of them herself. She always considered the needlepoint her legacy to Lake Placid. Noted memorable experiences for Lou included being a grandmother, trips to Europe, cruises and hosting the King and Queen of Sweden during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.

With her days of craft work finished, her more recent hobbies included e-mail, antique and miniature collecting, gardening, entertaining and playing canasta with friends. She is also the keeper of the family mementos and archives. Her cats have brightened her life also. Each month she would send a food package to every grandchild who was away at school or college. With 11 grandchildren, there were often at least six boxes to fill.

Lou is survived by her dear sister, Gretchen Mahoney, of Whitefish, Mont.; three beloved sons, David and his wife Roz of Manchester, N.H., Win and his wife Susan of Breckenridge, Colo., Todd of Burlington, Vt.; and 11 grandchildren, Whitney, Ginna, Sandy, Charlie, Courtney, Foster, Anna, Cooper; and Brandon, Spencer and Trent Bailey of Englewood, Colo. She is also survived by her wonderful son-in-law, Brownell Bailey; as well as a niece and four nephews; four godchildren; and a special friend, Dr. William H. Tripp of West Hartford, Conn.

There are no calling hours. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 12, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Father Michael Jones, pastor of St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid, will officiate.

The M.B. Clark, Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid, N.Y., is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, Lou asked that memorials be sent to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, or St. Eustace Episcopal Church.

Recommended for you