Marguerite Lambert


Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2003

Happy Valley resident Marguerite Lambert died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at her home in Happy Valley. She was 89.

A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. with funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Ninilchik. Pastor Mark Born will officiate. Graveside services will follow at the American Legion Cemetery in Ninilchik and a gathering will be held at the Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center afterward.

Mrs. Lambert was born to Kelsey and Sadie Presley on Nov. 11, 1913, in Richland, N.M. She was raised on the family cattle ranch near Crown Point, N.M., and graduated from school in the spring of 1931. She went to summer school to learn to be a school teacher. In 1932, she began teaching in a small country school with eight students. Three of them were her sisters and one was her cousin.

Marvin Jacobs was a partner with Kelsey Presley on the ranch. He fell for the young teacher and they were married in 1932. They lived on the Presley ranch until Marvin died in the early 1950s. Mrs. Lambert was active in helping with the cattle. She rode with Marvin all the time.

In the early 1970s, Mrs. Lambert and her mother moved to Alaska. They lived in Happy Valley, where other members of the family had settled. She worked at the school in Ninilchik until she retired. She married Al Lambert on May 23, 1980. They were together 22 years until he died May 9, 2002.

Mrs. Lambert had been living the last year by herself at her home at Happy Valley. Kristin Presley, who lives close by, helped her out. She was with her when she died.

"Marguerite was a member of the Methodist Church and drove herself to church on Sundays. She was a spunky little lady who never complained about anything and never said a bad word about anyone," her family said.

She is survived by her son, Jim Jacobs of Florida; granddaughter, Leandra Lamareux; grandson, Bob Jacobs of Nevada; brother, Gary Presley of Happy Valley; sisters, Virginia Wilson of Happy Valley, Edna Anderson of North Fork Road in Homer and Eloise Woodson of Billings, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews in Alaska and the Lower 48.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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