Joyce Lockhart was born on April 19, 1919 in Rainy River, Ontario. Her parents, Daniel and Mathelda Mae Goodwin lived in Spooner, just across the river and they rode the ferry to the nearest hospital in Rainy River where Joyce breathed her first sweet breath of life.
She took her last breath not far from there, at her daughter Nancy (Wayne) Craig’s home in Williams, Minnesota on Saturday September 3, 2011. Between those two dates she lived a full 92 years of love and compassion, admirable achievements, stress from living as a young girl during the Great Depression and World War II. She also had good times and kept her sense of humor until the end.
Ed Lockhart came into her life in the ‘30s. He had lost his first wife, Mabel (Arundel) when Leslie was 21 month old. Joyce met Ed while she was working at Eaton’s in downtown Winnipeg and they were married on June 4, 1938 in Winnipeg, Canada. The following year Richard was added to the family tree, and on March 22, 1948 at the Metcalf Nursing Home in Baudette Nancy came along. They made their home in Spooner, across the road from her parents whom she called “Ma and Pa”. Brothers Ralph and Clare had houses next to Daniel and Mathelda and her brother Eugene lived next to the house that Ed built. Sister Carmen and half-sibling Lloyd and Dorothy rounded out her family. She took a special interest in all of her family members and always found the good in everyone. That continued until her passing.
She was especially proud of her brother Ralph, who played piano and violin and claimed to have written “You Are My Sunshine” after being jilted by a lady he loved very much. Brother Eugene was also very musically inclined and Joyce would often sing while doing household chores. Her parents had seven girls and seven boys. Joyce was the last of that family to die. Her father was an early book-keeper employee of Marvin Lumber in Warroad and would often bring back spring water from the flowing well in Williams, a town that she would later be a big part of her life. She liked sports and especially bowling and baseball. When her husband died in 1973 she stated an Ed Lockhart Memorial Cup for the surrounding town hockey teams to compete for. She remained single the rest of her life.
Ed became a naturalized citizen on April 18, 1950 and used to say: “I’m an American by choice, not chance”. He brought his printing skills to the Baudette Region, the International Falls Daily Journal and the Detroit Lakes Tribune. In the summer of 1951 the family moved to Williams where they bought the Williams Northern Light. She continued publishing that newspaper after Ed died until December 1979, keeping a keen interest in everyone on her mailing list.
Life during her years in Williams has been, in a word, busy. She helped start Potato Days and Back Home days; she was once the DFL Lake of the Woods Chairperson; one of the founders of the county Historical Society; served on the County Health Board; a founder of the Mothers and Daughters Club; member of the Williams Community Club; she was a senior companion;; a Moose Club member; a four decade’s long Deaconess of the Pilgrim Congregational Church; she was the Poppy Chairperson/Historian for Erick Olson Post 442, offering poppies for Memorial Day and made stuffed pillows for veterans; she was the go-to-person for worthy causes like cancer drives and in 2000 was named “Outstanding Senior Citizen for Lake of the Woods county”.
She was active in bowling and had many enjoyable days with friends bowling, where she got several trophies. When her wrists gave up she made weekly trips on senior day to the Casino in Warroad with good friend Agnes Siggerud and called it her therapy. Son Les married Marie Koebernick and they raised their five children: Steven Edward (Kris), Scott Leslie, Susan Marie (Mike Wilebski), Stacy Lee and Samantha Jo (Brian Olson). They made a living as owners of the Badger Enterprise. Dick married Elaine Lund and they had four children: Jeffrey Bruce, Kimberly Dawn (Robert Liebelt), Katherine Marie (Don Krause) and Colleen Joy (Casey Hill). They also made a living as publishers of the Northland Trading Post and once Water, Woods & Wildlife magazine which they started. Nancy married John Wayne Craig and they had two children: Kevin and Jill (Tim Pearson). They once owned Craig’s Service in Williams. There are 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Nieces include: Joan (Goodwin) Nesmith; Sandra (Davidson) Stirling; Michelle (Goodwin) Paradise; Marilyn Koch; and Ellen Tracy (deceased). Nephews include: Dr Daniel Goodwin; Bryan Goodwin; Roy Goodwin; Gene Goodwin; Walter Goodwin; Donald Goodwin.
Joyce was surrounded by her loved ones when her life was snuffed out by cancer on Saturday September 3, 2011 10:40 a. m. at Nancy and Wayne’s home in Williams. Her only time in hospitals before her cancer was for birthing. She loved to laugh and tell stories about herself goofing up in one way or another and she lived life to the fullest, never wasting a precious day and always thinking of others. Her memory was sharp until her passing and she kept a list of people’s birthdays, sending them birthday cards and keeping in touch. She was preceded in death by all her brothers, sisters, parents, aunts and uncles, one grandson, Jeffrey Bruce and two great grandsons – Jonathan Lockhart and Zachary Pearson. Her last remaining aunt was Loraine Peterson who passed away just a few weeks ago. And Joyce kept Christ’s commandments to “love God and love your neighbor as yourself”. She was a person that set an example and was one to emulate.