Peggy Lambert, 67, of Sonoma, passed away on July 2, 2011, after a seven month battle with pancreatic cancer. In addition to her husband, sons and their families, her cousin Edna Racz from Mississippi became a caregiver during the final four months.
Peggy spent her youth in South Louisiana where she met her high school sweetheart, Neal. They dated for four years before being married in 1962 while Neal was still in college. They had been happily married for 48 of their 52 years together. As a devoted wife, she gladly moved from Louisiana to Texas to Florida to California to Rhode Island and finally back to California as Neal's high tech job made life exciting for them. She liked to tell people that they moved 13 times and only had to do the packing on the last move (from Los Gatos to Sonoma).
Peggy studied anatomy in college and would have made an excellent nurse but raising a family came first. She was always a caregiver and generous person to those she met.
She unofficially adopted Monty and Dorthy Montgomery as her parents in 1968 (they were childless) and cared for them until their death in 2006.
She volunteered with many service organizations, but the two that she was most proud of were the neonatal unit at Providence Hospital and Village House in Los Gatos.
She is survived by her loving husband, Neal; sons David and Kevin; and grandchildren, Isabelle, Samantha and Paige. David, his wife, Julie, and daughter, Isabelle live in Sacramento. Kevin, his wife, Jeanine, and daughters, Samantha and Paige live in San Diego.
A memorial service to honor Peggy's life will be held at the Sonoma Valley Woman's Club at 574 First St. E. in Sonoma, on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. Friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made to pancreatic research at: Hirshberg Foundation, 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 300C, Los Angeles, CA, 90064.