Cecil G. Locke, 88, Garrison Forest resident

June 08, 2005

Cecil G. Locke, a homemaker and former Garrison Forest resident, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson, where she had lived for five years. She was 88.

Born and raised in Baltimore, the former Cecil Gibson was a descendant of George Carr Grundy, whose manor house, Bolton, stood at the site of the Fifth Regiment Armory near today's Bolton Hill neighborhood.

She attended the Calvert School, Bryn Mawr School and the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. She made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon in 1935.

The Gibsons had a home on Campobello Island in Canada, near President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's summer residence. One of Mrs. Locke's favorite stories concerned the time her car got stuck in mud on an unpaved road, and President Roosevelt, accompanied by chief adviser Harry L. Hopkins and Secret Service agents, came along and got her out.

In 1941, she married Grinnell Willis Locke, an architect. He died in 1978.

"She loved to entertain. She was noted for her irreverent sense of humor and her great sense of style," said daughter Eleanor Locke May of Stevenson. "She had a flair for interior decoration, flower arranging and needlepoint."

Mrs. Locke also is survived by a son, Robert Wynter Locke of Ruxton; another daughter, Cecil Locke Edelen of Charlottesville, Va.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, on St. Thomas Lane in Owings Mills, where she was a communicant.

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