Rita Roberta Lambert, 95, of Georgetown, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at 1:11 a.m. at Presence USMC, Danville. She was born on Dec. 13, 1921, in Pana, the daughter of Will and Elizabeth (Savely) Smith.
She married Herbert Nelson Lambert on Feb. 11, 1940, in St. Charles, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1995.
Surviving are her daughter, Peggy Kotcher of Vermilion Grove; a twin sister, Rena Rowena (Al) Whittington of Eugene, Ore.; her grandchildren, Steve (Debbie) Kotcher, Rob (Angie) Kotcher, Lisa (Scot) Martin, and Tim (Jody) Lambert; her great-grandchildren, Dean, Elizabeth, Kennedy, Colton, Danielle, and Erica; her four great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband; her son, Tommy Lambert; her son-in-law, Jack Kotcher; her grandson, Tony Lambert; her siblings, Marguerite Williams, Betty Conrath, and Norman Smith; her half-siblings, David and Clifford Smith, Martha Staples, and Lillian Kalips.
After WWII, Roberta, a city girl, moved with her husband and daughter to the Lambert Homeplace, west of Georgetown, tackled and mastered the demands of country living. With the addition of a son, they ran a dairy farm for several years, turning later to cattle and hogs as the farming trends shifted in the area. In earlier days, Roberta rode behind her husband on his motorcycle, and then when in her 60s, she followed Herb driving her own snowmobile. Together, they taught square dancing for many years in Georgetown, forming lifelong friendships in the Kadiddlehoppers Square Dance Club. She enjoyed reading, spent many hours sewing, and loved caring for her flowers. Her family will miss the pies she baked with love for them to enjoy. Her strength in facing life's obstacles and enormous capacity for love are Roberta's greatest gifts to her family. She leaves for all her beautiful smile.
The family would like to express special thanks to the angels at Colonial Manor Nursing Home and caregivers, especially, Jan Digby.
A celebration of Roberta's life will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E West St, Georgetown. She will be laid to rest in Pleasant Mound Cemetery. Pastor Phil Miller will officiate. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be given in Roberta's to American Heart Association or First Church of Christ in Georgetown. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 20, 2017