Gladys Evelyn Lockman will always be remembered for the beauty she brought into the world, both through her modest and gentle personality, as well as the works of art she created over the years.
Gladys, known to her beloved nieces and great nieces as Auntie, passed away July 21, 2009 at the Woburn Nursing Center at the age of 99. Born in Arlington, Gladys lived there for most of her childhood, acquiring a talent and style of art she expressed through oil, watercolor, pencil and charcoal. She graduated from Arlington High School in 1928, and was married to Edward Lesley “Les” Lockman Christmas Eve in 1938 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. They moved to Chicago and then onto Jackson Heights, NY, where Gladys became known as an accomplished artist. In the early 50s Gladys and Les moved to Cranston, RI, where she took several art classes. Her work has exhibited at the Rhode Island School of Design and many galleries and art shows through the years. Gladys also belonged to the Concord Art Association and was the recipient of numerous art awards. After Les passed away in 1979, Gladys moved to Stoneham, MA, and continued to share her love of art with family and friends.
Gladys was the daughter of the late John and Eliza Walsh and she was predeceased by her siblings – Adeline Gorell, Maude Nielsen, John, Sherman, Harold and Fred Walsh. She was the special aunt of Muriel Cottrell of Arlington, John Walsh III of Arlington, Marion Walthall of Burlington, Charles Walsh of CA, Sally Kalette of CT, Peter Nielsen of CA and the late Ruth Kievet, John Walsh III of Arlington and Richard Walsh of Waltham. She was also survived by many great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Parish of the Epiphany, 70 Church Street, Winchester, MA 01890, on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 7pm.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gladys’ name may be made to a charity of one’s own choice. Arrangements by the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, Burlington, MA.