OBITUARY

Elizabeth Ann Dawkins Lambert

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Ann Dawkins Lambert passed away peacefully Saturday January 6, 2018 at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh after a fifteen year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born April 9, 1936 in Lee County, NC. She was the daughter of the late John Everette Dawkins and Betty Marks Dawkins.

Ann graduated from Deep River High School and graduated from Hardbarger Business College. She later attended East Carolina University.

She had a long career serving the state of North Carolina in various roles. She began her career with the state in the Revenue Department in 1956. In 1959 she went to work in the Governor’s office where she worked for Governors Luther Hodges, Terry Sanford and Dan Moore. In 1969, she became a stay at home mom when her son was born. She returned to work serving several senators and representatives in the legislator from 1975 to 1992. She then worked at the Attorney General’s office from where she retired.

Ann’s Christian faith was very important to her. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh where she served as a deacon and was a member of the Tom Albright Sunday School Class. She understood the importance of a close relationship with Jesus and helped instill that in her son.

Ann married her husband George in 1960 and they shared 40 wonderful years together. Their happiest times were spent at their vacation home at Lake Gaston, cheering on the Wolfpack, parenting to their son and just being together.

Ann epitomized the charm, grace and class of a southern lady. She treated all with respect and kindness. She loved the symphony, history, politics, spending time with her family and was an avid reader. She believed in doing the right thing and in doing things the right way. She preached and practiced the importance of a good attitude and was a positive influence in most all lives in which she came into contact.

Ann was predeceased in death by her husband George in 2001.

She is survived by her one son, George S. Lambert, Jr. and wife Jennifer; two grandchildren Rachel and Smith; one sister Gerri Dawkins Hearn and husband J.E. Hearn; many cousins and several nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the kindness and dedication of the many caregivers of Brighton Gardens who have attended to Ann over the last ten years. We admire them all for the challenging work they do every day.

A visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's Street Raleigh.

The funeral service will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 pm at Zion Christian Church at 23 Zion Church Road in Sanford, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ann’s memory to First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh, or Hayes Barton Baptist Church, or to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Condolences may be made through brownwynne.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 12, 2018

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Adele Scott

January 12, 2018

Prayers for you Gerri and your family's loss.

Guy Proctor

January 12, 2018

George, I wanted to extend my thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time. I never had the opportunity to meet your mother but from what I've read, her influence is certainly present in the way you live your life.

Joan Fowler

January 11, 2018

Thoughts and prayers for Gerri and George and his family. She was a beautiful, smart, and elegant lady! I remember her just as the picture. I enjoyed the memory album so much. Brought back so many memories!
Joan Patterson Fowler

January 9, 2018

George, you have been blessed to have had such a wonderful mother and father. It was a gift. You and Jennifer are in our prayers. Carolyn and Robert Brock

Mike Easley

January 9, 2018

If you did not love Ann, you did not know her. Her charisma enhanced the dignity of every room she entered and elevated the character of every person she met. She made you want to do good and be better. Ann demanded excellence and gave perfection. And she spoke mostly with her eyes, casting glances of strong opinion when necessary. She was a lovely lady and a dear friend and mentor to so many. We will miss her.
Former Governor Mike Easley

John McArthur

January 8, 2018

As one who had the privilege to work with Ann in the Attorney General's Office and the Governor's Office, I will always remember her grace, compassion, and dignity. We we all better for having been around her.

Helen Culbertson

January 8, 2018

George & Jennifer,

Ann was my "Traveling Buddy" and such a dear friend. She will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Pat Murray

January 8, 2018

January 08 2018 I meet Ann in a Bible Study after her husband passed. She was so lonely without him. I know she is happy now. Pat Murray

January 8, 2018

George,

We are very sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you and Jennifer.

Wes & Kim Wilkinson

January 7, 2018

There are not enough words to describe this lovely, wonderful, beautiful, smart woman. I have been blessed with her friendship. Lois Underwood

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