Loanda Inez Brooks Lockridge was born January 23, 1936, in Morgan City, AL, and passed away on Tuesday, the 6th of April 2021, joining her beloved Bill. She is preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Myrtle Brooks; her older brother, Harold Brooks; and her husband, Dr. William E. Lockridge.
Loanda grew up in the mountains of Alabama with her parents and two older brothers. Working and attending College in Huntsville, AL she met the love of her life, Sgt. Lockridge, while he was stationed at Redstone Arsenal. After he graduated from Officer Candidates’ School their adventures and travels began. They finally settled in El Paso, TX where they raised their family; Bill and Loanda were married for 59 ½ years until his death in 2015. In El Paso, Loanda became Avis Rent-a-Car’s District Manager for 25+ years. Loanda joined the Soroptimist Club of El Paso becoming a mentor for other young businesswomen and served as President for two years. Her second and final career was Real Estate. She loved the wheeling and dealing of Real Estate and was Licensed in both Texas and New Mexico. Upon Bill’s retirement, they built their dream home in Ruidoso, NM, where they spent their summers and spent their winters in their home next door to their daughter in Crosby, TX. Loanda loved adventure, and with her big heart and sweet disposition, she was always up for a challenge. She received her Pilots License in 1974; she parasailed with her granddaughters; ski dived with her grandsons; zip-lined; white-water rafted; paraglided; went to four Super Bowls and even snowmobiled thru Montana. Loanda loved to travel but her most favorite thing in the world was to dance; she is now dancing in Heaven!
Loanda is survived by her brother, Herman Brooks (Zelma); sister-in-law Nellie Brooks; her two children, Stephen Lockridge (Roseanna); and Wendy Reed (Chris), and her five grandchildren, Rodney Reed (Helen), Justin Reed (Lindsey), Joshua Lockridge, Sarah Long (David) and Kelly Rogers (Jacob); and seven great-grandchildren.
A Visitation and Funeral Service will be held at Sterling White Funeral Home in Highlands, TX on Wednesday, the 14th of April, Visitation 1:00 p.m. with Service at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family request you consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.
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