SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Geneva Estelle Murphy Lambert, 74, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Sept. 26, 2003, at Springdale Northwest Medical Center.
Born Feb. 1, 1929, in Crystal Springs, daughter of the late Charles Bearden and Lucinda Moon Murphy, at the age of 14 she moved to Sikeston where she lived until her move to Springdale in April 2003. After graduating from Sikeston High School, she began teaching in a one-room school in Root Wad, Mo. After raising her boys, she earned a Bachelor of Science in education degree from Southeast Missouri State University and taught fourth grade at Matthews Elementary for 25 years before retiring.
A 60-year member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, she served on the administrative board, taught Sunday school and was a delegate at the annual conference for the church. She was a graduate of the Disciple Bible Study series and lived her faith through her unending kindness and service to others. She enjoyed travel, books, nature and playing bridge.
On May 16, 1949, she married Robert Joseph Lambert Sr. of Springdale, to whom she was married for 54 years.
In addition to her husband, survivors include: two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Murphy Lambert of Nashville, Tenn., and Robert Joseph and Carlena Lambert Jr. of Springdale; two grandchildren, Sarah Boyce Lambert and Rob Lambert of Springdale; two sisters, Irene Murphy Fulbright and Viva Murphy Amyx of Jena, La.; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Shirley Murphy of Shreveport, La.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston. The Rev. William "Bill" Koch, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Sidney Amyx, Sid Amyx, Chuck Grant, Gary Cardwell, Brad Cardwell and Marty Howerton.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Charles Myers, E.R. "Dick" Inman, Jack Mitchell, Ronald Eaker, Alan Crites and Bernard Rice.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
First United Methodist Church 1307 N. Main St. Sikeston, MO 63801