Retired self-storage owner Pauline Lockwood, who also served as mayor and a city council member for Kennewick, Wash., passed away on May 15 at 80 years old. She owned Lockwood Mini Storage of Kennewick with husband, Richard, who died on Feb. 26 at age 84.
Born in Grangeville, Idaho, as Pauline Drew, she spent most of her life in Kennewick. She married Richard in 1956. The couple remained together until Richard died after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. No cause of death for Pauline has been reported.
Pauline was elected to the city council in 1988 and was elected mayor two years later. She lost re-election in 1997 and later sued councilmember Tom Walker for defamation, though she eventually dropped the suit, a source reported.
Richard was born in Ilion, N.Y. He joined the Army after high school and served two years in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954. After working for National Cash Register for 23 years, Richard retired to pursue business ventures with Pauline, according to an obituary posted by the family with Mueller’s Funeral Homes, which handled services for both.
In addition to the self-storage business, the Lockwoods acquired and managed several properties, including a 40-acre cherry orchard and various rental assets. Lockwood Mini Storage has two locations in Kennewick.
Funeral services for Richard were held on March 10. Rosary and mass for Pauline are scheduled for June 2 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
The couple is survived by daughters Monique Bettinson and Richelle Lockwood, son Drew Lockwood, three grandchildren and two great granddaughters.