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Monica Locklin

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Monica Ella Locklin 1922-2012 BENNINGTON Monica Ella Locklin, 90, of Jefferson Heights in Bennington, died at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on April 9, 2012. Born January 11, 1922, in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire in England, she was the daughter of Herbert Burton and Laura Cunnell Burton. She attended local schools, graduating from Hertfordshire and Essex High School for Girls in Bishop Stortford. During the Second World War, she began nursing studies in London. During frequent nighttime air raids at the height of the Bombing of London, she and her fellow nursing students had to pick up their bedding in the hospital dormitories and retreat for safety to the basement of the building. Monica withdrew from her studies and became an inspector at a government munitions manufactory. During this time she met Donald S. Locklin, an American serviceman stationed with the Army Air Force at Matching Airfield. They married on September 5, 1944, at Sheering Church near her home. She came to the United States in 1946, residing with her husband in Amsterdam, New York. The family moved to Bennington in 1955. In the late 1950s and early 60s, Monica worked as a nursing aide at Putnam Memorial Hospital, now SVMC. She later stayed home to raise her son and daughter, and resumed working, first at Monument Motors, then at Business World, both in Bennington. Monica's chief interest was her family. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and sewing, and was an excellent cook and baker. She was fond of literature and poetry, tossing off now and then a line of Yeats or Shelley in her own "bee-loud" garden. She grew a prolific vegetable garden and was a stalwart composter and recycler. She loved animals and all things in nature, even cherishing snakes and spiders as allies in garden pest control, and family cats liked her lap best. As a young woman in England, she enjoyed riding her high-spirited mare, Judy, in the field adjoining the family home or along quiet lanes, often accompanied by her little sister, Dorinda. In her youth, and in America with family and friends, she was an able camper and picnicker, always well prepared for comfortable life outdoors. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts in the 1960s, assisting with troop activities and outings. Her husband Donald died in 2001; her son Geoffrey died in June 2011. Three brothers predeceased her: Humphrey, Douglas, and Edgar Burton. Douglas, flying on missions as a member of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, was declared missing in action and was never found. Monica is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Locklin of Bennington; her sister Dorinda Pigram and husband George of Devonshire, England; and numerous nieces and nephews in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends may call Friday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Bennington. A memorial gathering is being planned for late spring or early summer. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Second Chance Animal Center of Shaftsbury, VT. The family has entrusted services to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, Bennington, VT.

Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2012
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