October 9, 1932 - June 24, 2017
Our Mother, Connie Lampert, a lifelong Oregon resident died Saturday June 24 after a hard fought battle with Merkel Cell cancer. She was comforted in her passing by her strong Catholic faith and the impending reunion with family and friends she has not seen in a long time.
Born in Bend on October 9, 1932. She later lived in Portland, Corvallis, and other small communities in the Willamette Valley. She was the eldest of three sisters. Audrey Sampson, who preceded her in death, and Sandy Provins, currently of Escondido, California.
Connie was the mother of six children whom she loved dearly. Unfortunately three of her children passed before she did. Mom had her heartaches. Those lost too early were: her son Leo Giles, her daughters Billie Chairet and Tammy Anderson.
We three sisters remain: Toni Macomb, of Ocean Park, WA, Joanne (Jim) Watkins, of Vancouver, WA and Johnie (Mike) Gariepy of Albany, OR.. Additionally 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 4 nephews survive her.
Prior to moving to Portland Mom was involved with the Morgan Horse Club for many years. Even tho’ she never was a rider, she made many friends and contributed, time, energy and sewing. She never hesitated to volunteer her assistance.
After retiring, in her seventies, she moved to Portland and again easily found friends. She finally had time for fun activities which included Bingo, Bunco, chair and swim exercises. She was very social and was admired by many.
Mom loved her friends. She loved to host large family gatherings. At any gathering you would find not just family but friends. And friends of us kids. All were welcome!
Mom loved to read. You would not believe how many books reside on her Kindle. Later in life Joanne introduced her to the game of Rummikub and Mom then taught it to her friends. She liked burnt toast! What? She also loved Reuben sandwiches. When she would visit Toni that was one treat she always wanted. There are very few things she didn’t like but she would admit to having an aversion to Root Beer and Grape gum. There is a family story explaining the Root Beer but why hate grape gum or like burnt toast?
Mom will always be remembered for her frequent greeting of “Hi Babe”, her Lambie Cakes at Easter and her generosity to all.
We only have so many days on this Earth, please remember Mom, hold her close, as we do, in your mind and your spirit.
She was interred at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with her husband Hugh Lampert who predeceased her.