Mary Jo Lockling

Mary J. Lockling age 77, of Mondamin, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at her home in Mondamin, Iowa. Mary was born June 14, 1937 to David Samuel and Margaret (Fox) Rife in Mondamin, Iowa. Mary married Bob March 26, 1959 in Mondamin, Iowa. They farmed and raised cattle for many years. Mary was always giving family support at sporting events. She enjoyed reading, bowling, golfing and her church. Faith, Family and friends. These were the most important things to Mary Jo. Her relationship with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was her foundation. As the youngest of 17 children, Mary Jo was proud to be known as “one of those Rife kids”. The stories about her gentle Mother, hard working Dad, ornery brothers, and sometimes ornery sisters will be greatly missed. If you knew the “Rife kids”, you know that the word “ornery” is used because of the loving pranks they pulled on each other! Out of a heart of love, she gave of herself to those around her. You always knew where you stood with Mary Jo. There was no pretense in her. She would offer encouraging words and support, but she would also let you know if she thought there was a better way to do things! Mary Jo believed that it was important to do your best. This was very evident during the many sporting events she attended. You would often hear her offering advice from the stands-loud and clear. “Salt of the earth” is a description often used to describe Mary Jo. Mary Jo’s body will be returned to the earth, but her soul is with her Lord Jesus Christ. While we will miss her dearly, her memory lives on in the lives of those she touched. Mary is preceded in death by her parents and husband Robert “Bob” Lockling and sisters and brothers. Survivors include her son: Michael and his wife Pam of Merrill, Iowa, and their children Jonathon and Anna; daughter: Stephanie and husband Victor and their children Tyler and Janessa of Kansas City, Kansas; sister Lois Stevens of Mondamin, Iowa; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 2:00 p.m. at the Mondamin Methodist Church in Mondamin, Iowa. The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship to the Mondamin Community Center after the committal service. In Loving Memory Of Mary Jo Lockling Born June 14, 1937 Mondamin, Iowa Entered Into Rest February 18, 2015 Mondamin, Iowa Funeral Service 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 Mondamin Methodist Church Mondamin, Iowa Officiating Pastor Bob Kersten Organist Dan Hutchinson Vocalist Melissa Snelling Vocal Selection “In The Garden” Congregational “How Great Thou Art” Honorary Bearers Gary Stevens Jeff Stirtz Larry Rife David Russell Davey Rife Jr. Terry Rife Casket Bearers Tim Carlson Jonathon Lockling Tyler Clay Gail Rife Scott Rife Bill Rounds Final Resting Place Little Sioux Cemetery – Little Sioux, Iowa I will Thank you, O Lord for All you have done for me. To see The wonderful things around me To see & praise. God has done Magnificent things, He has let me Walk, see & study His word. He has Made my children Christians. I praise you for the things that Are to come & those that are past. Hallelujah

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