A Respect Your Elders Story – Doris Lockness

As you may or may not know, I meet the most amazing people nearly every day while working. One of my most recent encounters involves a tremendous lady I recently met. I’d like to share the story of Doris Lockness with you all!
Recently, I went to Mercy Folsom to assess placement care for Mrs. Doris Lockness. She is 105 years old but with her wit, seems only 80! As I sat in her hospital room, I listened to her stories and wisdom while trying to put her health needs in perspective. She was so alert, and full of life’s stories. She has over 60 grandchildren!


I was honored to meet her and assess her needs for her so she can continue to thrive in a safe environment. Her personality and stories enlightened me. She is a well respected, amazing woman. WIth that, I have a clip from her Hall of fame at Smithsonian museum in Washington DC:


“Doris Lockness began flying in the 1930s. Today she holds all of her ratings, from signal-engine land/sea to free balloon, and those in between. She started World War II working for Douglas Aircraft as a Liaison Engineer on the C-4, but then joined Jackie Cochran’s WASPs and went off to Sweetwater, TX, to train. Lockness continued to fly after World War II and earned her helicopter rating in the 1960s, and her commercial gyroplane rating in 1998 (she was only the second woman to hold the rating in a constant speed prop gyroplane). For many years you could pick Lockness out of the crowd at air shows by her Vultee-Stinson war bird, “Swamp Angel”, which she flew around the country. Her contributions to the promotion and public acceptance of women as pilots in general aviation have been honored by the ninety-nines in its “Forest of Friendship” and by the OX-5 Pioneers, which has recognized her with both its Legion of Merit Award, Pioneer Women’s Award and Pioneer Hall of Fame. She has also been honored with the Whirly Girls Livingston Award in 1995, and a certificate of honor from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), as well as the organization’s Elder Statesman of Aviation Award (1991 and 1995). In 1997 Lockness was honored again by the NAA, receiving its Katherine Wright Memorial Award. Lockness aeronautical achievements have inspired many to set higher goals and stretch to reach them, encouraging countless women over more than seven decades to put on their wings and fly.”


Respect Your Elders is all about compassion and helping the many special loved ones in need. My recent experience with Doris Lockness is only one of many experiences I look forward to sharing with you all.

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