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Judith M. Lamb

September 4, 1927 February 7, 2009
Judith M. Lamb
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Judith M. Lamb 81, died peacefully with grace and dignity at home on February 7, 2009, with family present. She was born on September 4, 1927 in Peoria to Phillip and Clara Martin Lawrence. She married Bruce E. Lamb on May 8, 1947 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on July 14, 1974 in Peoria. She lived at home with her daughter, Joanne Lamb. She graduated from St. Patrick’s Parish grade school and the Academy of Our Lady High School in Peoria. She remained friends all her life with “the St. Pat’s group,” who continue to meet each month. She was a member of Timberlake Club for many years, made many friends there, watched friends’ children grow up with her own, and treasured memories of many activities, especially camping. She was a charter member of the “Wednesday Night Group,” made up of old and new friends, which she looked forward to each week. She loved to read, and was a regular at the McClure Branch Library. Judy also enjoyed playing bridge, and belonged to several bridge groups. Judy was a homemaker until widowed in 1974. She then worked at New York Life Insurance, SEAPCO, and the Peoria County Health Department. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and in the library at St. Philomena Grade School. She was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church for more than 50 years. She was a lady who established good relationships with those around her, and who saw what was good in everyone she met. She chose to assume goodwill from others, to allow minor details to take care of themselves, and was rarely disappointed in her choices. She was a woman of much common sense, who enjoyed a well developed sense of humor, and who had much laughter in her life. She and her husband gave their children many gifts including love of life, family, music, conversation, tolerance, empathy, faith, and laughter. She was the best mom in the world. She took great joy in and was very proud of all her children. She loved the people that her children and grandchildren loved and married, and they became the children of her heart, This includes former sons-in-law Ronald Torrey, Roberto Coccia, and Timothy Coyle (deceased) with whom she maintained a positive relationship. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren tremendously, knew them well as individuals, and shared her gifts with each one. Surviving are her children, all of whom were her favorites, Connie (Joe) Romanus, Ginny (Lee) Schindler, Beth (Dennis) Koch, Patty (Michael) Kennedy, Joanne Lamb all of Peoria, Bruce (Peggy) Lamb Jr. of Virginia, Bill (Angela) Lamb and Mark (Lisa) Lamb both of Peoria, and nephew John (Sandra) Flynn of Peoria. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her sister, Sr. Frances Lawrence, SSND of Chicago survives, along with several cousins, many nieces and nephews and cherished friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, her brother Phillip Lawrence, and three sisters, Sr. Virginia Lawrence of the Cenacle, Anne Lawrence and Roberta Flynn. Her children are comforted by the thought that she and their father are reunited, and are celebrating Judy’s new life. Judy made arrangements for her body to be donated to Northern Illinois University. Memorial Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 12, 2009 at St. Philomena Church with Rev. David Richardson officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services at church. A celebration of her life will follow the mass. The family wishes to give special thanks to OSF Palliative Care Team, OSF Hospice, and Visiting Angels. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to St. Philomena School Library, Heart of Illinois Down’s Syndrome Association or OSF Hospice. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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