Obituaries – 9/13/13

Published 8:50 am Friday, September 13, 2013

Mary Lambert

April 3, 1950-Sept. 9, 2013


Mary Linda Lambert, 63, died Monday Sept. 9, 2013, in Mercy Hospital Hospice near her home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary was born April 3, 1950, in Ironton, daughter of the late John and Jane Powers Lambert, of Ironton.

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Mary attended Ironton City Schools, graduating with the class of 1968. She then attended Rio Grande College, graduating in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in education. Mary spent her life with preschool and kindergarten age children, both in public school and in private preschool centers, and later within her growing circle of church and family. Mary’s lifelong activities included church and fiber arts. She was skilled in art, with forays into sculpting, calligraphy, paper crafting, and drawing. She was a skilled seamstress, at one time designing and crafting a wedding dress for a friend. She did needlework of various kinds, including plastic canvas and cross-stitch embroidery, and she both knitted and crocheted. She designed handmade soft sculpture dolls, creating new personalities with each carefully crafted and dressed doll. In crochet, she made gifts for everyone she cared about, making afghans, bags, toys, and clothing for all ages. Mary put love in every stitch, wrapping a chain of love throughout the country.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and their siblings, Catherine and Sterling Powers and Orville and James C. Lambert, and her grandparents Sterling and Florence Simon Powers and James and Emma Gore Lambert.

She is survived by her four siblings, their spouses, children and grandchildren, and more adopted family and friends than can possibly be named. Mary’s immediate family are Diane Massie of Kansas City Mo., Betty and Jim Clarkson of Ironton, (formerly Vinton), Donna and Wayne Wehling of Silver Spring, Md., and David and Pam Lambert of Coal Grove. The family has one surviving aunt – Mrs. Sterling (Delores) Powers, of Washington.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home with Pastor Everett Brewer officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.  To offer condolences to the family, please visit



Melvin Black

Melvin D. Black, 48, of Burlington, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at his home. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bride of Christ United Baptist Church fellowship hall. Slack and Wallace Funeral Home, South Point, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at