Obituary: Dorothy Lockhart
Dorothy Lockhart, age 91, passed peacefully away on December 30, 2015 at Life Care Center of Evergreen. A 60+ year Grand County resident, Dorothy will be greatly missed by her family and the many friends she made over the years.
Dorothy Lockhart passed away after an extended battle of ‘old age’ at the age of 91. She was born March 28, 1924, the only child born to Louie and Louise Wilkin. Her father worked for the US Forest Service so they moved around several times before moving to Steamboat where they bought a ranch. It was in high school there, that she met Jack Lockhart and they were married in 1942. While Jack was in the Navy during WWII, Dorothy drove a bus in Seattle so she could be near his port.
After Jack’s tour of duty in the Navy, they moved back to Steamboat where their two daughters were born. In 1951, they moved the Grand Lake and bought the Silvertips Pool Haul, which later became a 3.2 bar named the Fog Horn Bar per Jack’s request, in honor of his time in the Navy. It was well known with the college kids as far as Laramie, Wyo., and hold fond memories for many. They ran the Fog Horn and a small liquor store until the early 1960’s when they built a new building across the street and moved the liquor store there and Dorothy started a gift shop called the Western Pottery. A few years later she started the Dorothy shop business in Granby. They sold the Fog Horn Bar in 1967, but she continued to run the Western Pottery in the summertime and the Dorothy Shop year round. She later expanded the Dorothy Shop business to include one shop in Walden and one in Idaho Springs. Being the business woman she was didn’t allow her to stop working. When everyone else would be thinking of retirement she became involved in the antique business and started Grandma’s Attic. After several years, she closed the shop when she sold the commercial building that her and Jack had built in Granby. However, it was only a couple months when she decided retirement was not for her and she opened several booths in the antique malls in several different locations. By this time, her eyesight had deteriorated to the point she couldn’t drive herself so she hired drivers to take her from one location to the next and to auctions. Not being able to see well wasn’t going to keep her still. It wasn’t until her hearing was poor and she could hardly walk, that she had to give it up, when she moved into assisted living. She hated not being able to be active, that is why you got up in the morning.
She served on the Granby Town Board for several years and at one time ran for Mayor. In her senior years, she served on the Grand County Council of Aging.
Dorothy would most like people to remember her working at the Dorothy Shop. To the ladies she helped look fantastic in their new outfit, the young girl going to Prom, and to all the men she bailed out at Christmas with the perfect gift under the tree, specially wrapped by loving hands.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gary and Alice Nordloh, two sons-in-law, Frank Fraser and Skip Mosman, two granddaughters (Dianna’s Daughters) Tammy and Mark Weiser and Kimberly and Justin Pretti. She is preceded in death by her parents Louie and Louise Wilkin, her husband Jack Lockhart and her daughter Dianna Fraser Mosman.
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