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LOKEY, Muriel MURIEL MATTSON LOKEY Family and friends mourn the loss of Muriel Mattson Lokey who passed away peacefully on August 27, 2012. She was ninety years old and had resided in Atlanta for almost 70 years. She had devoted herself to her family, her church and the greater Atlanta community. She was born Muriel Ann Mattson in Tacoma, WA in 1922. As a Presidential Scholar, she attended Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, graduating in 1943 with a degree in Sociology. While at Wellesley, she not only distinguished herself academically, but was the first freshman ever to row on the varsity crew. She met her husband-to-be, Hamilton Lokey, in Tacoma where he was stationed as a naval officer. They were married in San Diego on July 18, 1944 and remained married for over 50 years until his death on August 15, 1996. Muriel was one of the founding members of H.O.P.E., Inc. a citizen's organization set up in 1958 to work to keep the public schools open in the face of massive resistance laws of the state. H.O.P.E. was disbanded in 1961 after the peaceful beginning of integration of the public schools. During the mid-sixties, Muriel worked with "Partners in Progressî, a group of citizens seeking to facilitate the implementation of the Civil Rights Act. In 1967 she worked as a volunteer at Emmaus House, a community established in the inner city by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. For twenty years she served as the coordinator of the Poverty Rights Office, an advocacy office for poor people. It was renamed the Muriel Lokey Center in 2008 in her honor. Muriel enjoyed adventure travel with her husband for many years. Together they climbed Mount Fuji and Mt. Kilimanjaro. She climbed Mt. Rainier for her 50th birthday. They walked the Inca Road to Machu Picchu, went trekking in the Himalaya and the Andes and rafted the Chattooga and Colorado rivers. She is survived by two daughters, Ann Montgomery Lokey of Mercer Island, WA and Rebecca Hazel Lokey of Decatur, GA; and three sons, Dr. Hamilton Lokey, Jr. of Wheat Ridge, CO; William Mattson Lokey of Tacoma, WA; and Fletcher Lokey of Sanbornton, NH. She enjoyed a warm relationship with her three daughters-in-law, Judy Lehman Lokey, Andrea Blix Lokey and Susan Dyment and her son-in-law Mark Clausen. She had thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family thanks her loving caregivers--Susan Mwayera, Lanelle and Virginia Ward, Grace and Shami Jele, and Malen Nicol. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 435 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA on September 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Muriel Lokey Center. SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society, 595 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067. 770-420-5557. www.southcare.us
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 2, 2012