Lorene Lambert

Born in Nashville, TN on February 8, 1950

Departed on January 5, 2019 and resided in Springfield, TN

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Lorene Lambert, age 68 of Springfield, passed away on January 5, 2019 at her home.

She was born Eleanor Lorene Cook on February 8, 1950 to the late Smith Foster Cook and Mary Elizabeth Cook in Nashville. She grew up in a white clapboard home that had original logs dating back to the late 1700s on Bakers Grove Road living with her parents, sister Patty, and paternal grandmother. She graduated from Two Rivers High School and attended Belmont University where she was the school newspaper editor, Funny Company founding member, and part of the Belltone Choir. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in English and minored in History. Her original dream however was to attend the University of Arizona and major in Archology, little did she know her extent knowledge and love of Dinosaurs would come in handy many years later.

In the midst of her collage studies, Lorene guided young women in the Wharf Ave/Carol St Projects. Showing them fundaments skills that would help shape their lives. Years later Lorene still had contact with several of the ladies she mentored. As a result of her servant heart and eagerness to change things for the better, numerous ladies’ lives were touched.

She married the love of her life and best friend on September 20, 1974, Mr. Fredric Lambert, Jr and settled down in Nashville. She began a state career, leaving the stock exchange and the BSSB Art Materials Division for the State of Tennessee over 35 years ago. Lorene was a Supervisor of Taxpayer Publications in the Admin. Division of the Dept. of Revenue when Blanton was governor. Worked with Metro vice squad and the Motor Vehicle Division to photograph recovered vehicles and equipment, to develop truck registration materials and publications, and overseen the first handicapped tags and state designed license plates. During those five years she also served as the first photography location scout and editor of the first Tennessee Film, Tape and Music Resource Directory under Gov. Alexander. So, summer vacation usually included trips across Tennessee finding small businesses, famous battle fields and writing about their success. Fred and Rachel can be seen in many of her photographs for brochures, it is memories that they both will treasure. Her articles brought tourism to small communities all across Tennessee, saving numerous small businesses from closing.

When Homecoming '86 took off Lorene was in the Dept. of Tourism and served as an artist, creating the first small non-ad supported vacation guide, other brochures, oversaw the TDOT highway map covers, and developed a logo type for Tennessee that is still used today on the TN Ag plates and is on at least one cookbook found at Cracker Barrel.

Lorene wrote the specs for Pub Ed I and II. She was a travel writer in tourism for 27 years, worked freelance for a variety of printers, including the Curley Printing Company and Computer Forms Inc. She worked in the Dept. of Mental Health in the Office of Communications for about nine years. She loved the job, the people and the blessings they brought her way. Lorene worked with Jane Baxter and staff to assist the Healing Arts Project in promoting art as a pathway to wellness. In 2012, she was awarded the Volunteer Friend Phoenix Award for her work with the Art for Awareness program. Some of the artwork done by the mental health patients is displayed in her home.

During all this, Lorene and Fred moved to Cross Plains with their 2-year-old daughter Rachel. She founded a merchant’s organization, taught tourism marketing to the different merchants, developed two festivals, with one continuing today as the annual Trash and Treasures. Helped establish the local museum and Eastern Robertson County Historical Quarterly.

She had a passion for geology and historical artifacts, so she worked with the state museum to preserve different historical objects over the years. In spite of all this that remained to be done, she retired in December 2013. Her family needed her as much or more than the state. Although she had originally planned to stay for another 5 years, it was time to spend more time with her family. Lorene kept busy completing her studies and becoming a lay minister to service the PCUSA churches. She had gardens and green houses to attend to, and the usual farm animals and wild animals that sought her care.

After her retirement, Lorene spent quality time with her grandsons, teaching them about dinosaurs, art and the family ties to Queen Elizabeth. Family vacations to the Smokey Mountains were enjoyed in the cabins of Cades Cove and taking pictures of the beautiful foliage of Tennessee. Veterans Day being a state holiday, Lorene and Rachel made a “Girls’ Day” they would spend the day together. The day started with their favorite cup of hot tea and then would take a drive to Red Barn Winery, getting the wine for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey. You could find her most evenings curled up on the couch with Bonnie at her side reading a book about Egypt or a new novel Rachel had found for her, watching Downtown Abby or talking to Rachel on her way home about her day.

Lorene was historian, short story writer, story teller, devoted employee to the State and member of Milldale Presbyterian Church, and a servant to anyone in need. However, she was first and foremost a loving wife, mother and granny.

Lorene is survived by her husband of 44 years Fredric Alton Lambert, Jr., daughter, Rachel Elizabeth Lambert Danner; grandsons, Jonathan LeGrand Danner, Nicholas Alton Danner and Ryan Emmett Danner and sister, Patricia Ann Nelson.

A Life Celebration will be held on Friday, January 11, 2018 at 11am in the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville with David Abel, Wayne Dempsy, Dan Green, Terry Rainwater, Aaron Huff and Tony Huff serving as pallbearers. Jerry Carter, Joe Durahm, Randall Carr, Will Ed Osborne, Dennis George and Ken Thompson will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 10, 2018 from 1:00 – 7:00pm then again on Friday from 9:00am until the time of service. The family request donations be made to Cross Plains Heritage Commission P. O. Box 7, Cross Plains, TN 37049.

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172 www.springfieldfh.com 615-384-5437.

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16 Comments to Mrs Lorene Lambert

  1. Fred and Flora Parkhurst
    January 8, 2019 8:22 pm

    Will miss all of your fun and enthusiasm discuungs many topics that we both enjoyed, especially Tn history and the Civil War, you were taken from us way too soon. Fred and Rachail love you both.

  2. Jim Lance
    January 8, 2019 8:27 pm

    Lorene was one of my dearest college friends. My heart is broken with her death. She was true to everyone who knew her. She will always be missed and loved by the friends in the “Funny Company” of our youth God give her family comfort and love.

  3. Annette Frazier
    January 8, 2019 8:41 pm

    I will ALWAYS be grateful for your love and friendship, when I married you designed and printed my wedding invitations, which, I will always be grateful for. My visit with you and Fred last spring was a TRUE highlight and blessing, and our many talks.
    I will ALWAYS love and miss you

  4. Greg & Nina Tanner
    January 8, 2019 8:59 pm

    Lorene was a beautiful friend. We had so much fun with the “Funny Company.”
    You will be missed lady.
    We love you
    Greg & Nina Tanner

  5. Patricia Ledford
    January 8, 2019 9:03 pm

    This story of her life brings back so many memories. Before the film commission had an office and a staff, I persuaded the commissioner of revenue to lend Lorene to me — as I was well aware of her talents and capabilities. She was amazing and helped accomplish much-needed immediate goals. Without her, I can’t imagine how we would have moved forward successfully. She was an incredible, gifted woman we lost much too soon.

    My heartfelt prayers go out to the family she loved so much🤗

    Patricia Ledford
    Former (and first) Executive Director- Tennessee Film Commission

  6. Susan F Hinton.
    January 8, 2019 9:27 pm

    I will forever miss my friend from college days. I loved Lorene and she was such a great person to know. I loved her stories and I admired her many talents, especially in art, but she was also a great Christian friend. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Prayers to the family. We have had two family deaths and I will be unable to attend but my heart is there. Prayers to you Fred and family. Susan Frazier Hinton.

  7. Janice and Ricky Suter
    January 8, 2019 9:27 pm

    She will be missed on Doss Road. Prayers for Fred, Rachel and family.

  8. Wayne and Debbie Walling, neighbors on Doss Rd
    January 8, 2019 9:42 pm

    Sorry for your loss, prayers for Fred, Rachel, her grandchildren and sister.

  9. Kay Hudson
    January 8, 2019 10:34 pm

    My sincere sympathy for your loss. May God bless and bring Lorene to a better place. I am sure her memory will live on to be shared with her grandchildren and many relatives in the future.

  10. Carol Warren
    January 8, 2019 10:35 pm

    I miss my friend and neighbor more than words can say. From our singing trips back and forth for her cancer treatments to our trips to vets, dollar general or searching cemetaries for genealogy reeearch; times i will never forget. I miss you my friend and my suster by heart

  11. Dottie Rainwater
    January 8, 2019 10:48 pm

    We will miss Lorene who was a great friend to us all, plus a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. I first met Lorene when she became our Sunday School teacher at Mt. Carmel shortly after she moved to Cross Plains. We became good friends, and I could always count on her for any design idea that I needed. She designed my first photography brochure from years ago that I used for promoting my photography business. Fred and Lorene would occasionally stop by our house to have a bowl of soup after their long winter drive from their jobs in Nashville. I will truly miss my dear friend Lorene. Rest in peace sweet lady!

  12. Fran Gregory
    January 8, 2019 11:16 pm

    So very sorry for your great loss. I knew Lorene from Belmont days. She was such a sweet person. My heart goes out to your family and all her friends who were blessed to know her.

  13. Donna S Pursley
    January 9, 2019 12:03 am

    I worked with Lorene at the state tourist dept. . We hit it off immediately. She sure could make me laugh. I always wanted to go visit her & Fred in Cross Plains, but since I relocated to Knoxville it made it inconvenient. I loved Lorene and am so glad that she came into my life.

  14. Freeman Ramsey III
    January 10, 2019 12:27 pm

    I worked with Lorene in the Department of Mental Health. She was sweet as pie but could be a spitfire when she needed to be. Many days she taught me new things and new perspectives. She talked about Fred and Rachel often. She will truly be missed.

  15. Larry Ray
    January 10, 2019 9:41 pm

    Condolences to the family. I remember some fun times at Belmont College in the early 1970’s. Thanks to Facebook, we were able to reconnect these past months. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  16. Larry D. Keyes
    June 27, 2019 11:29 am

    Lorene will be remembered by this Arizona native for as long as I draw a breath.
    Shortly after my move to Tennessee in MAY1999 Colleen and I bought a place in Cross Plains. One of the first people to welcome us to the neighborhood was Lorene. From that time until our last telephone conversation some months before she left us, Lorene always offered her unconditional friendship. She consistently treated me like I was somebody. But, I am just a schmuck who called her friend.
    Lorene relentlessly pushed me to keep writing, and offered me opportunities to do so. She was a good writer and journalist, and my better in both disciplines.
    In the 1970s I earned both Electronics and Radio Journalism degrees. With that training and some dumb luck in the years since I have penned articles, procedures, reviews, and various papers. Yet, to have a journeywoman like Lorene acknowledge me as a fellow writer was a sweeter gift than a Pulitzer.
    So, while arriving here late, I offer what words my heart can muster for a soul who made a difference in my small life.
    I loved you Lorene, and pine for those long conversations we often shared.
    I hope you do not frown upon my use of J.M. Barrie’s prose here. I have borrowed from him often when my words seem unworthy.
    Lorene, my parting wish for you is that your journey is good and true and happy, and that you follow the “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

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