Keri Oakley Lockley

April 20, 1971 – June 7, 2021

Obituary for Keri Oakley Lockley

Keri Oakley Lockley left this world way too soon on June 7, 2021 at the young age of 50. She was a disciple of Christ, beloved wife, bad-ass mom, cherished daughter, devoted sister, loving aunt, dear friend and so much more.

She was a beacon of light in the Highland Village community where she and the love of her life, Clay Lockley, have raised their three children Cole, Luke and Ella. Keri and Clay built a home of faith and love where everyone was welcome and all were accepted and treated like family.

Keri had a weakness for red wine and a conviction for healthy living. She was an extreme fan of the Dallas Mavericks and had an unhealthy obsession for Keith Urban and The Bachelor. She brought happiness to all who knew her and made sure that everyone knew they mattered and were loved. She was a loyal and true friend and she surrounded herself with a support system that has proven to be invaluable to Clay and his family during this time.

The love Clay and Keri have for one another is unmatched and built on a solid foundation of mutual respect, honor, faith and selfless acts of devotion and service to one another. They were equals in every way, except that Keri was definitely the better looking of the two. They were each other’s best friends, inspiration, and reason for being. Keri showed Clay how to love unconditionally and fully. She made him a better man. She gave him the strength, determination and steadfast faith he will need as he moves forward with a life without her. She was his forever and always will be.

Keri kept a daily devotional with wishes and dreams she had for her family. She was so proud of Cole who had just graduated from the University of Arkansas and was set to start his first real job on the day she died. She instilled in him his strong faith and commitment to family; and she knew he would find success and happiness in his life. Luke held a special place in Keri’s heart, and she understood him like nobody else could. About to start his senior year at the University of Arkansas, she knew he would find his path — even with several changes of major — and looked forward to seeing where his road would take him. Keri cherished her relationship with Ella, and the feeling was mutual. They were the tightest of friends and had a relationship that every mother and daughter prays for. Ella’s kind heart, compassionate spirit and confident style were something Keri admired. Keri knew that a great life awaited Ella, who just finished her junior year at Marcus High School in Flower Mound; and that she was going to accomplish anything she set her mind to. Keri’s kids were her greatest joy. She left this world knowing how much they loved her and was confident they knew how much she loved them.

Keri was born on April 20, 1971 in Texarkana, Texas, where some of her favorite childhood memories were spent on Narrows Lake with her parents Perry and Sara, older sister Kristi and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Her parents instilled in her a strong faith and commitment to serve the Lord. She was active in all sports and was always ready for the next challenge or adventure. She graduated from the University of North Texas and went on to become a dental hygienist, working most recently at Pediatric Dental World.

She is survived by her husband Clay Lockley of 24 years; her children Cole, Luke and Ella; her parents Perry and Sara Oakley, and Parents-in-Law Don and Genevieve Lockley; Sister Kristi Barry, her husband John and their six children Jordan and his wife Marta, Jarret, Jolie, Joshua, Chelsea and her husband Justin, and Nicole; Sister-in-Law Alys Caldwell, her husband Chris and their three children Matthew, Josh and Sam and Sister-in-Law Cam Koehler, her husband Bill and their four children Anabelle, Cate, William and Emmy; her many cousins and friends.

Services honoring Keri’s life will be held at Valley Creek Church at 5800 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound, TX 75028 on Thursday, June 17 at 10:30 am. For those who would like to, the family asks everyone to wear colors of hope and light as a special nod to the joy Keri brought to everyone. Because Keri died of a heart attack, we ask that donations be made in her honor to the American Heart Association at This will be the only place to make donations in her honor; any funding pages or other donation solicitation sites will not be set up on the family’s behalf. Any other donation sites should be ignored.

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Memorial Gathering

JUN 17. 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (CST)

Valley Creek Church

5800 Long Prairie Rd.

Flower Mound, TX 75028