Died: Mon., May 11, 2020

Private Interment


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., May 30, 2020
Location: Barnes United Methodist Church

Private Services

12:00 PM Sat., May 30, 2020
Location: Barnes United Methodist Church

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Ruby Mae Johnson Locke of Indianapolis, Indiana was born on February 7, 1925 to the late Walter (Bud) Simon and Emma (Mama) Eujean Johnson.

Ruby Mae was a devoted wife, a loving mother, wonderful grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, a beloved aunt, sister and a trusted friend.

Ruby Mae Johnson Locke professed her faith in Jesus Christ at an early age at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. H.T. Toliver.

Ruby Mae received her education from the Indianapolis Public School System.

Ruby Mae entered into Holy Matrimony with Robert Lee Locke.  To their union, they were blessed with 10 extraordinary children and a step-daughter; Melvin A, Johnson, Robert Lee Locke Jr., Carol Louise Locke, Jacqueline Marie Locke, Marcia Ann Locke, Ernest M. Locke, Sharon K. Locke, Paul N. Locke, Teresa J. Locke, Michael L. Locke, and Rita Locke

Ruby Mae was a lifelong member, a faithful and dedicatedservant of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.  She served in the YPO Choir, Mass Choir, Sanctuary Choir, Sisters of Help, Baptism Ministry and Deacons and Wives.

Ruby Mae was employed at The Rotary Building and at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital prior to becoming a housewife and homemaker to care for her husband., the late Robert Lee Locke Sr.

in the time of his illness.  Ruby Mae was also the caretaker to her grandmother, the late Lulabell McCleary in her time of illness.  Ruby Mae and Robert found a love for professional exterior and interior painting. Together, they painted several houses, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, the Homeless Shelter that was associated with the church. St. Ritas, St. Maur and many other public buildings.

Ruby Mae enjoyed game nights with her family, which included, DAD, scrabble, horseshoes. arcade games such as PacMan, Space Invaders and Frogger.  She also enjoyed gardening, dancing, fishing, cooking and baking.  She would often cook Sunday dinners to fellowship with church members that were also dearest and closest friends.  Ruby Mae would host holidays dinners for her family. 

Ruby Mae was also a big sports fan, especially when it came to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved every sport that they played.  Whether it be baseball, basketball, or football, Ruby would be in the stands in the heat, on a rainy cold morning, or inside a loud gym.  If they were playing, she was there cheering loud on every play, good or bad. 

In her later years, she enjoyed Western movies, Matlock, NCIS.  Although she enjoyed watching the Pacers and the Colts play, she was a big San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bulls fan.

Ruby was quiet, but yet, her strength spoke volumes.  Ruby was strong as a nail but soft as a rose.  She was loved and well respected by many.  Ruby impacted the lives of those who crossed her path. To know Ruby was to love her.

Ruby was the epitome of a Matriarch, by demonstrating great strength, leadership, beauty, poise, courage, as well as being a protector. Her influences will last for an eternity.

Ruby lived her life to the fullest.  Ruby was the foundation of the Locke family.  She was not just a mother to her children, she also was a mother, disciplinarian and a nourisher to many.

Ruby’s prayer to the Good Lord, was to let her see her children grow up and to see them raise their children.  By His grace and mercy, Ruby was blessed abundantly to be given the opportunity to witness and love 5 generations of the Locke family.

Ruby  was a walking testament of God's Grace and Mercy.

Ruby transitioned from this earthen vessel to gain entry into eternal life on May 11, 2020 at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 4 days.

Ruby Mae was preceded in death by her mother, Emma Eujean Johnson; father, Walter Simon; grandmother, Lulabell McCleary; grandfather, Walter McCleary; husband, Robert L. Locke Sr.; daughter, Carol L. Locke; sons, Paul N. Locke, Sr. and Robert L. Locke Jr.; sister, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Suggs; brother, Rev. Phillip                    Lovelace Jr.

Precious memories will be shared by her loving children, Melvin A. Johnson, Jacqueline Locke, Marcia A. Locke, Ernest M. Locke, Sharon K. Locke-Franklin, Teresa J. Locke, Michael (Dimeta) Locke Sr.; Step- daughter, Rita Locke (Tacoma, WA); Daughter in law, Betty Locke; sister, Vanessa Curry (Columbus Ohio); a lifelong friend, Doris Williams; 25 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great grandchildren,; 10 grandchildren in law, and a host of nieces and nephews, and other relatives.


The Locke family continues to grow to carry on the legacy.



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Andrea Rodgers
   Posted Sun May 24, 2020
So sorry to for your Loss, Mrs. Ruby will be remembered as well as missed. We all grew up together in church so so have known her a very long time. A very kind and sweet lady. May God give you all strength and Comfort through this time. Rest in Heaven Mrs Ruby.You got your Wings ❤️❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾

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