Bernice Thelma Lambert, 98, of Ashland, passed away Thursday morning, May 28, 2020 at Brethren Care Village in Ashland.
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Bernice was born in Belle, Missouri on September 27, 1921 to the late George and Minnie (Picker) Dreysse. After graduating from Belle High School, she moved to Fort Leonard Wood, MO. and worked at the defense plant. While working there she met Henry Grady Jewell. They moved to Elkhart, IN. and were married on May 12, 1944. From there they moved to Grand Rapids, MI. and later to Eau Claire, WI.
After the sudden loss of her husband, she took her three young children and moved back to Belle, MO., where her parents resided. She worked in the school cafeteria and attended the First Christian Church where she met the minister, Ralph Lambert. She married him on November 12, 1955 and they moved to Maryville, MO. Ralph always wanted to move to bigger churches so about every three years they moved. From Maryville, they moved to Crooksville, OH; then Shelby, OH; Cortland, OH; Stuttgart, AR. and Rogers, AR. where they resided for 16 years. Each time they would tell the congregations they were moving, the parishioners would say, “You can move Ralph, but leave Bernice here.” Due to all the moves, all five of Bernice’s children were born in different states. After Ralph passed away, Bernice and her son Richard moved to Ashland so she could be close to family. Bernice loved people, was a great hostess and enjoyed going to church functions. She also sang in the church choir sometimes.
Bernice loved going to concerts, with her daughter Stephanie, granddaughter Rhonda and son Richard, of the Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell and listening and watching his DVD’s. Bernice took many trips including Taiwan, Hawaii, Myrtle Beach; Branson, MO. and made many trips to Hessel, MI. on Lake Huron. One of her most memorable trips was riding in her daughter Kathy’s limousine with her son Richard to Springfield, Missouri and then visiting another daughter Clare in Bentonville, AR.
Bernice made small gardens and loved trimming trees. She ate green onions daily except for Saturday because she didn’t want to smell like a Billy goat at church on Sunday she would say. She enjoyed visiting and laughing with her next-door neighbors, Tom & Mag Workman and their dog Bella. She liked going to restaurants and her favorite food was fried chicken. Bernice was a great cook, and everyone loved her Pecan Pie. She was always such a giving person and never asked for anything. She loved to laugh and tell stories of her childhood. She would like to sit and watch the sky get dark outside. She was able to stay in her own home until she was 96 thanks to the home health care aid, Heather Mullins. Heather’s family were a big part of Bernice’s life and spent many holidays with her. Bernice loved color and the brighter the better and always wore a necklace and clip on earrings.
When at Brethren care, she was well taken care of by the wonderful nurses, Sara, Stephanie and Kim. Also, the caring aids Ruth, April, Megan, Shannon and many more. Penny Tucker took Bernice under her wing when she moved there, and they had a special relationship. The social worker Emma was so sweet and caring to Bernice.
Bernice attended the First Christian Church of Ashland and loved the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her two sons, Richard Ralph Lambert and William Grady Jewell, her parents George and Minnie Dreysse, brothers George and Gene Dreysse, and sister Maymie Hartig and her husband’s Henry G. Jewell and Ralph S. Lambert.
She is survived by her three daughters, Stephanie (Ronald) Brown and Kathleen (Denis) Fox both of Ashland and Clare (Peter) Shaffer of Bentonville AR.; six grandchildren, Rhonda (Vince) Leibolt, Natalie Brown, Steve Brown, Jeremy (Adina) Fox, Matthew (Bronwen) Fox and Adam (Megan) Fox; eight great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Pastor Rich Pate officiating. Burial will be in the Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church, 1425 King Road, Ashland, Ohio 44805 or to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 17700 Coshocton Avenue, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.
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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements