Clara Agnes Lock

December 4, 1922September 18, 2020

Clara Agnes Lock, age 97, of Palm Bay, Florida passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020. Clara was born December 4, 1922 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Clara was born and raised in Hawaii the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Gouveria who were Portuguese immigrants. As a teenager Clara worked at a diner and also worked as a packer for Dole Pineapple. She met her husband Ernest "Ding" Lock who was stationed with the US Army in Hawaii just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. They both survived the attack and were married shortly after, Ding got orders to ship out, so began their adventure as newlyweds.

As an Army wife she traveled all over the world raising her family until Ding retired from the military. They moved to Florida and she became a member of the Sweet Adeline's she enjoyed singing at many events, she was also an active member of the VFW Auxiliary at VFW Post #4206 Melbourne, FL.

Clara is preceded in death by her husband Ernest "Ding" Lock and her daughter Geraldine Sweeny. She is survived by her nephew Ronald Schaedel, her grandchildren, Valerie Chandler, Greg Diller, Steven Diller, Stewart Diller and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service for Clara will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Fountainhead Memorial Park, 7303 Babcock Street SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909. A burial will occur at Fountainhead Memorial Park.

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Wanda Smith

November 21, 2020

Aunt Clara was married to our Uncle Ernie who was a brother of our mother, Bessie Lock Gookins. We remember her especially when they moved to Satellite Beach, FL . She sometimes babysat Wanda's son, Robby, when he was very young, We (along with Wanda's daughter, Sheri Ernst and granddaughter, Samantha Smith) would go visit her at the nursing home, often taking her out to lunch. We hadn't been able to visit her since Covid 19 showed up. Just found out yesterday (November 20th) that she had passed away. We loved Aunt Clara and Uncle Ernie very much and will miss them! But we plan to see them both again in Heaven one day!
Love from the Gookins Girls! (Mona Young, Mary Stafford, Wanda Smith and Elaine Lewis)

Keesha Boyer

October 13, 2020

Great Aunt Clara,
Although I’ve only met you a few times, it was wonderful to know that my grandmother had a sister as wonderful as you. I’m so happy that I was able to send our family book to you shortly before you passed. I’d like to send my prayers and condolences to the Diller family. May you rest in love and peace as you reunite with all your loved ones in heaven. Please give my grandma Angie a hug for me.