Gwendolyn Lockwood Ricks was born on May 29, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Vivian Dolores Stinger and Aristide John Lockwood. Gwendolyn was a retired educator with the New Orleans Public School System. While residing in New Orleans, Gwendolyn learned of Christ as a young child while attending St. Monica Catholic Church, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. As an adult she was a member of Pure Light Baptist Church. She found her permanent church home at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church where she was a member of the Women’s Missionary Group. Upon Relocating to Houston as a result of Hurricane Katrina, Gwendolyn became a faithful member of The Church Without Walls. She enjoyed attending church services and would always stress the importance of service. She also was a member of the Women’s Anchored Warriors. This dedicated group of women provide prayer, support, spiritual leadership and acts of service to the church family and community as a whole. Gwendolyn attended Xavier University Preparatory School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She then entered and completed her undergraduate studies earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. Several years later Gwendolyn also earned a Master of Education degree from Southern University. After obtaining her degree, Gwendolyn taught at Joseph A. Hardin Elementary for several years and then was chosen to be a member of the staff for the inaugural opening of Edward Livingston Middle School. Gwendolyn was a Math teacher to her core. Her acts of service as a professional educator entailed 37 years of teaching, modeling, shaping, grooming, parenting and loving the thousands of students with whom she taught. Gwen was a vibrant and fun-filled person who possessed a witty sense of humor. She was extremely family oriented and enjoyed talking and visiting with relatives and friends, attending church, traveling, reading, listening to music, and cooking. Gwen loved everyone and always sought to assist them in their time of need and provide them with words of comfort and wisdom. She was the matriarch of her family and New Orleans community in which she resided prior to Hurricane Katrina. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Vivian Dolores Stinger and Aristide John Lockwood. She leaves to cherish her memoires: one son, Sean Patrick Ricks, one grandson: Christian Aristide Ricks; one brother: Bryan Stinger, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She will be greatly missed.
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