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Betty Jean (Colbert) Lambert

August 25, 1947


Betty Jean Lambert, (former long-time resident of Chickasha, OK), 74, of Radcliff, KY passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Kensington Center in Elizabethtown, KY.

Betty was the baby girl born to Hamp Colbert & Ethel Ligons. She was born August 25, 1947, in Chickasha, OK. Betty was the 9th of ten children born into the family.

Betty has spent her life serving and caring for others. She enjoyed each moment that she was able to help family members, friends, or even total strangers. Betty enjoyed cooking and would always cook more than enough food for everyone, as well as enough food for everyone to take a plate home. 

As a child, Betty (as she was affectionally called “Betty Jean” by her siblings) united with Mount Olives Baptist Church in Chickasha. She was baptized in the Washita River, under the leadership of Pastor Reverend Robinson.

Betty also united with and was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend Al Walter.

Later in life, during the mid-1970s, Betty united with Shepherd Street Christian Church under the pastorate of the Late, Reverend Max L. Morgan.

 While at Shepherd Street Christian Church in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Betty served as President of the Usher Board; and was also instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the Shepherd Street Christian Church Daycare. She was affectionally known as, “The General” in regards to her take-charge leadership mentality.  She was results oriented. While others talked about-it, “she would be about-it"! Her goal-oriented disposition serve us all well. Simply put, “she knew how to get things done”. Regardless of the sometimes-brazen tone, Betty had a heart of gold. “To know her was to love her”.

Betty was Lincoln School & Chickasha High school alumnus.

After high school, Betty Jean Colbert met Lawrence Lambert in Fort Sill, OK. Afterwards, Betty Jean Colbert united in holy matrimony to Lawrence Lambert; to this union there were 3 children: Debbie, Lee Anthony, & Lynnette.

After Lawrence honorable discharge from the Military, the couple relocated to Lawrence’s hometown, Cambridge, Massachusetts. While in Cambridge, Betty worked as an Administrative Assistant for several Professors at Harvard University.

Upon returning to Chickasha, OK, Betty had several places of employment: Delta Faucet; We-Care Day care, Shepherd St. Christian Church Day Care, Helping Hands Home Health Care, she also worked as a Personal Assistant to Dr. Linda Johnson and the late Martha Jean.

In 2014, as her health began to decline, Betty relocated to Radcliff, Kentucky with her Son-in-law & daughter, Jeff & Lynnette Kennedy.

In Radcliff, KY. Betty was an active member of All Nations Worship Ministries for the past 6 years. She loved her church family and was excited to attend each Sunday morning.  She was one of the church mothers and was part of the out-outreach team.  When Betty relocated to Radcliff, Kentucky she immediately became connected to the community.  She volunteered at Mission Hope for Kids, You Cannot Bee What You Cannot See, Warm Blessing-Day Shelter, Room in the Inn, and Signature Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.  She was always ready to SERVE.   Betty loved her family & friends; she did a great job keeping in touch with everyone.  She was just beginning to teach herself how to use video calling.  Betty was called many names (Ms. Betty, Ms. Lambert, Mother Betty, Aunt Betty, Granny and Gigi) she will be missed by all.

Mrs. Lambert was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Jean Lambert-Autman;. Both parents, Ethel Ligons & Hamp Colbert; eight siblings: Mildred Payton of Leesville, LA; Ida Mae Brown of Chickasha, OK; Andrew Ligons of Chester, PA; Andrew’s twin sister, Andrea Ligons of Clearview, OK,; Florence Hockett Tacoma, WA;  Oneva Woods of Wichita, KN;  Robert L. Colbert, Sr. of Oklahoma City, OK; and, Richard Colbert, Sr. of Chickasha, OK. Husband, Larry Lambert of Boston, MA.

Survivors include:
Two children, Lee Lambert & his wife, Tiffany of Louisville, KY, Lynnette Kennedy & her husband, Jeff of Radcliff, KY; eleven grandchildren; eleven great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Edward Peeples & Theodore Rosevelt Ligons both of Chickasha, OK; a son in law, A.J. Autman;of Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family & friends. As special granddaughter, Raven Watson whom she raised from her early childhood.

Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM, Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Chism Family Funeral Home, Vine Grove, KY.

A Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Lambert will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, November 20, 2021, at the chapel of Chism Family Funeral Home, Vine Grove, KY.

In lieu of flowers we ask that you consider donating to:
Mission Hope for Kids, 401 W. Poplar Street, Elizabethtown, KY 42701 and You Cannot Bee What You Cannot See, P.O. Box 724, Radcliff, KY 40160

With these funds we plan to start a "Hand Up Ms. Betty Fund" that will focus on celebrating birthdays for the youth that attend either program.

To send flowers to Betty's family, please visit our floral store.


November 20, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Chism Family Funeral Home
769 Highland Ave
Vine Grove, KY 40175

November 20, 2021

3:00 PM
Chism Family Funeral Home
769 Highland Ave
Vine Grove, KY 40175


Mission Hope for Kids
401 W. Poplar Street, Elizabethtown KY 42701

You Cannot Be What You Cannot See
P.O. Box 724, Radcliff KY 40160

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