GREENSBURG, Pa. — Donna Lee Lambert, 80, formerly of Wiley Ford, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at New Haven Court at Lindwood.
Born on June 24, 1933, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Marshall B. and Nellie Virginia (Scott) Burch. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her stepmother, Lillian Grace Betty Burch; her mother-in-law, Mildred Lambert; her father-in-law, Amos Lambert; her sister-in-law, Avonne Fay Lambert and brother-in-law, Ellsworth Lambert.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Nelson Lambert, whom she married April 21, 1956, at Livingstone Church of the Brethren; her son, Craig Nelson Lambert and wife Leigh Ann (Nuce) Lambert, of Greensburg, Pa. and her daughter, Debra Leigh Lambert and partner Janiece Sue Mann, of Holland, Mich.; her granddaughter, Caitlin Do-nelle Lambert and fiance Nathaniel Colligan, of Greensburg, Pa.; step-grandsons, Zachariah Ellison Mann and fiance Rachel Alvesteffer and Joshua Daniel Mann and partner Courtney Jenkinson; step-great-grandson, August Da-niel Mann, of Holland, Mich. and special friend, who was like a son, Mike Clark, of Wiley Ford, W.Va.; special cousins, Gladys Mullen and Wanda Jean LeMieux, of Muskegon, Mich.; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Ray Rhoe; step-sister, Rose Marie Phillips, step-brother, George J. Schoenadel; a special niece, Elizabeth Rae Rhoe and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ernest Ganoe. She also was blessed with special friends, Betty and Charles Hatter and family, Pat and Ronnie Reeder, Harry and Eileen Hitchins, Julie and Harold McFarland, Alfred and Peggy Sidaway, Kate and Earl Long, her coworker at Frankfort and Wiley Ford, Jean Shafferman, classmate and friend JoAnn and Bob Mace and Ginny and Don Diehl; and many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Donna was a 1951 graduate of Fort Hill High School. She was employed by the Mineral County Board of Education for twenty-five years as a cook at Wiley Ford Elementary School and cafeteria manager at Frankfort High School. She was also employed as a long distance operator for C&P Telephone Co. and worked for Wolf Furniture Company in the office.
For fourteen years, she and Gerald worked as Marshals for the Senior PGA tour and Championship tournaments in Tanglewood and for the Greensboro Open in the Carolinas. They were members at Down River Golf Course. They also loved going to Saint Michaels and Bo Brooks in Baltimore for hard-shell crabs. They owned a camp on the South Branch River where they fished, shot archery and rafted on a B-29 bomber raft. She loved walking the beaches of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and watching the sun set. Their children gave them tickets for a hot air balloon ride and tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. They went on a Carnival Cruise to the Virgin Islands and went house boating in Tennessee where they also visited the Grand Ole Opry. They also visited Florida, Washington, D.C., New England, Mystic Harbor, Conn., camped in Ottawa, Canada and Nova Scotia Falls, N.Y., as well as Yellowstone Park, Big Bear Lake to Vegas and San Diego to Tijuana. But nowhere was as awesome and beautiful as their West Virginia home.
They also participated in all activities of their son and daughter in elementary and high school and at the church.
As per her wishes, she will be cremated.
A memorial service will be held at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A. 108 Virginia Ave. (www.scarpellifh.com) on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. George Harpold officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Wiley Ford Church of the Brethren, Wiley Ford, W.Va. or your local hospice organization.