Joyce Elaine Strange Lambert, 66, American Falls, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Portneuf Medical Center. She was born May 16, 1947 in Caldwell, ID, to Dean Strange and Jean Gardner Strange.
There they raised her and her three younger sisters Shirley, Sheila and NaDean, in a very loving home.
With three younger sisters, teaching came natural to Joyce. At a young age she began preparing for her lifetime career as a teacher. After graduating from Caldwell High School Joyce worked two jobs to put herself through college. Joyce graduated in 1970 with her teaching degree from Boise State University. While teaching in Kuna, ID, Joyce met and married the love of her life Dan Lambert of Shelley, ID. The two moved to American Falls with Joyce teaching elementary school in Pocatello. Later Joyce found her home at Hillcrest Elementary School in American Falls where she taught first grade for 23 years. While in American Falls, Dan and Joyce raised their boys, Mike and Trever Lambert. In recent years Joyce and Dan took on a new endeavor, a guardianship of Audesty Bingham whom they raised as one of their own.
After Joyce was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she continued teaching up until the point that she was no longer steady on her feet. Joyce never complained about her pain, and continued to make personal sacrifices for her students and her community.
Joyce was known for her care and consideration towards others as well as her writing, storytelling, and scrap-booking. Joyce deeply loved teaching children, her family, and above all her relationship with Jehovah God.
She is survived by her husband, Danny “Dan” Lambert, American Falls; her parents, Dean and Jean Strange, Caldwell, ID; her sons, Michael “Mike” (Holly Lindauer) Lambert, Boise, ID, and Trever (Amy Stephens) Lambert, Caldwell, ID; her sisters, Sheila Dines, Caldwell, NaDean Watkins, Davenport, WA; and her four grandchildren, Logun Lambert, Austin Hamann, Hayden Lambert, Madalyn Lambert; and her daughter through guardianship Audesty Bingham.
Family and friends were welcome to help celebrate Joyce’s life by attending a viewing Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, American Falls. A viewing will also be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, also at Davis-Rose Mortuary. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2889 Kingdom Hall Rd., American Falls. Interment will follow at Falls View Cemetery. Refreshments will be served at the Housing Authority at 290 Tyhee St., American Falls. Donations can be made to National MS Society in her honor. Condolences and memories may be shared at davisrosemortuary.com.
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