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Teresita Abella Lockhart

January 3, 1952 - September 2, 2022

Teresita Abella Candido Lockhart, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter, was called to Heaven on September 2, 2022 at 1:18 P.M. at her home in Port Orchard, Washington at the age of 70 following a long and difficult battle with Chronic Kidney Disease. She entered her eternal rest peacefully with family at her side telling her how much she is loved.

Teresita was born in Hernani, Samar, Philippines in 1952 to Daniel and Maria Candido as the only daughter alongside her two brothers, Sano and Ben Candido. In 1971, She met a United States Marine, David Lockhart, and the two fell in love at first sight in Subic Bay, Philippines. The two married three years later, and then David, Teresita, and their son Ricky relocated to Eureka, California upon David’s honorable discharge. While in Eureka, the family was blessed with three more children: Anna, Starlla, and Robert Lockhart. Teresita also obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant credentials during this time. The family relocated to Port Orchard, Washington in 1989 following the passing of David’s mother.

Caregiving was her calling in both career and personal life. Serving the community as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 21 years, Teresita devoted her time to rendering care to the ill and aging. During her career, she was regularly recognized and loved for her gentleness, kindness and attention to care. Even later as her disease progressed, she continued to show that same strength and kindness through the pain; all of the nurses that cared for her in her final days described and remembered her as one of the sweetest and kindest patients. At home, she served as the pillar of the family and was always there for her husband, children and grandchildren as family was always her number one priority. Her unconditional love, perseverance, generosity, and sacrifice were felt by all and will never be forgotten. Spending time with her children and her grandchildren always brought her so much joy, and she cherished her pets, Brody and Rocky. Teresita also loved to spend time outside in her garden that she always meticulously cared for.

Teresita is survived by her husband, David Lockhart; four children, Ricky, Anna, Starlla, and Robert Lockhart; two grandchildren, James and Colt Groat; brother, Ben Candido; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Thank you to friends who came to see her while on hospice, Fransiscan Hospice for their compassionate care and support, St. Anthony’s Hospital where we got to know many kind MDs and nursing staff, Ridgemont Terrace for taking care of her when she needed to stay there, and to all the people in our lives that loved our mother, prayed for her or reached out.

Her memory will live on in our hearts, and we honor her by living lives full of love, kindness, and joy.

 

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