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Ruth C. Lambert, 79, Cornwall

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CORNWALL, Vt. — Ruth C. “Rudie” Lambert, 79, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in her home, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Rudie was born on April 23, 1938, in Northfield, Vermont. The oldest daughter of Lawrence and Christina (MacKenzie) Lambert, she and her sister, Roma, grew up on “Stonehenge,” the family dairy farm in Cornwall, Vermont. There, she learned important lessons of farm life: hard work, doing a job right (the first time), working as a team, making do, doing a job when it needs to be done. She attended one-room schools in Cornwall through the 8th grade, and was in the last graduating class of the old Middlebury High School. Graduating from UVM’s nursing program with a B.S. and RN, she went on to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. She spent most of her long career at hospitals in the greater Boston area as a pediatric nurse, then supervisor and director of nursing. After retiring from nursing, she returned to the Vermont she loved so dearly.

From spring to fall, one would find Rudie and her sister arduously toiling in the garden. She also loved animals. She would sit in her living room and watch the huge variety of birds put on a show for her as they flocked to her bird feeders. The deer were her special friends, often visiting in the early morning or late evening. A beautiful sunset, a rainbow, a bobcat off in the distance were among the daily joys she hurried to share with her sister. Looking back to last summer, we recognize how fortunate we were to have taken an Alaska cruise when we did. It was life changing for us and made us understand why people say, “If not now, when?”

Rudie was devoted to family and leaves a sister Roma Mortensen, brother-in-law Eric Mortensen, nephews David, Daniel and Aaron Mortensen and their families, besides numerous cousins. She also leaves her group of long time friends from nursing school and her Church community at the Cornwall Congregational Church.

A memorial service to celebrate Rudie’s life will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Cornwall Congregational Church at 11 a.m. Donations in her memory can be made to the Addison County Home Health and Hospice in Middlebury, Vermont. ◊

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