Catherine E. Lambert
A funeral service for Catherine E. Lambert was held Aug. 3, 2021, at Freedom Church, with interment at Robert’s Memorial Cemetery in Lawrence County. Riverwood Family handled the arrangements.
Mrs. Lambert, better known to everyone as “Jean,” was born on Jan. 28, 1945, to Eunice H. Thames and William Garrison. She was born in Tylertown and lived the majority of her life in Jayess. She attended and graduated from Topeka-Tilton School, where she fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Cleveland Lambert. They were wed on Oct. 29, 1963, and remained so until Cleveland preceded her in death on July 16, 1999.
She is survived by their loving daughter, Angela Kay Dunaway, married to J. Dewayne Dunaway, both of Jayess. She is preceded in death by their beloved son, Timothy C. Lambert, on May 6, 1996.
Jean had a granddaughter, Ashlie Payne, married to Kaleb Payne; and two grandsons, Zane Wilson and Zachary Dunaway. She also had three great-grandchildren (Keegan Foster, Kylen Payne, and Aliza Payne) who brought her much joy.
Nursing was the career that Jean pursued, and she graduated in the first class of associate degree nursing from Southwest Mississippi Junior College in Summit. She enjoyed and excelled at nursing for almost 40 years, working in diverse areas and touching many lives. She spent many of those years in management or supervisory roles, beginning at Lawrence County Hospital in Monticello. She later transitioned her career to King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC), where she would retire after 30 years of service.
Jean, later in her life, met and married Jesse Alexander in March 2007 and remained so until he preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 2010. Through this marriage, she gained a stepdaughter Wanda Miller, married to Kim Miller; and stepson Philip Alexander, married to Nelwyn Alexander; along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed being a part of Freedom Church, her family, flower-gardening, volunteering at KDMC ED, and shopping with her bestie – Lanell Lambert. She was an avid traveler and enjoyed doing so with family and friends, rarely declining an adventure.
Our beloved, mother, grandmother, friend, and nurse to all, went peacefully to be with Jesus, whom she loved dearly, on July 31. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her, and her legacy will never be forgotten.