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Deanna Raye Lambert

Deanna Raye Lambert, 70, of Goreville, IL  met her lord and savior with open arms on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 2:45 pm at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. 

Deanna was born September 22, 1951 in Metropolis, IL the daughter of Hartley Dale “Butch” and Betty Ruth (Meneese) Emery.  She married Virgil Lambert and he survives in Goreville. 

Deanna graduated Marion High School in 1969, and earned her associate degree at Walbash Valley College.  She has worked as a Paralegal at the Mt. Carmel, IL States Attorney’s Office, Brevard County, FL States Attorney’s Office, Randall Craig Attorney- Elder Law in Evansville, Indiana.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, cross stitching, singing, an occasional reality tv binge session, and spending time with her furbabies Lucy Liu and Buddy. 

She was an unconditionally loving mother and grandmother that demonstrated unwavering strength and determination

Survivors include her; Husband – Virgil Lambert of Goreville, IL

Sister – Carla Klaine of Marion, IL

Daughter – Kimberly D. Janz (Douglas) of Marion, IL

Daughter – Courtney B. McCree (Mike) of Evansville, Indiana

Son – Scottie D. Lambert of Goreville, IL

Daughter – Kelly K. Lambert (Jennifer) of Sycamore, IL


Ashley C. Wilhelm (Aaron)

Amanda L. Hart (Brittney)

Douglas W. Janz II

Jacob B. Janz

Collin M. McCree

Jaxin M. McCree

Natalie M. Harrison

Miranda I. Lambert

Great grandchildren – Aurora R. and Layla K. Moran 

Preceded by her in death: Parents, daughter Heather N. Murphy, grandchild Valerie R. Moran, sisters Pamela Emery, Karen Emery, brother Tony Hudgens and aunt Mary Grounds Cash.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 1 pm - 2 pm at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home. Immediately following visitation at 2 pm a closed private family Celebration of Life service will be held with Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial will be in Meneese Cemetery. 

Flowers may be sent to Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois  62959

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Rest in peace my sweet friend. We'll meet again one of these days. I love you forever.

Beverly Ballard Warshawsky Oct 25 2021 8:40 PM

Our mother requested a very private intimate funeral service. There are many extended family and friends that have expressed a desire to attend that has been heartwarming as she affected many people in her lifetime. For this reason we will have visitation from 1p-2p for those that have a strong connection and love for our mother and look forward to hearing your stories about her life. We ask that only close family remain for the actual service that will begin at 2pm so that we may honor her final request.

Deanna's daughters Kim & Courtney Oct 25 2021 2:37 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss Kimberly and Courtney and Families. Dee was a special lady in my life. Lots of Love to you all.

Stacey Collins Oct 24 2021 7:21 PM

When Carla and I were little Im grade school. I thought she was so blessed to have a beautiful sister, Deanna. I was almost afraid to speak (and you that know me know Ive ALWAYS spoke). My heart goes out to her children, grandchildren, and my playpen best buddy Carla!

montgomery eastman rowena Oct 24 2021 5:58 PM

Carla so sorry for your loss you an the family are in our prayers . If you need anything just give us a call

Kaye Sprague Oct 23 2021 6:47 PM

Carla, so sorry about your loss of your sister, Deanna. We wish you the best. Jerry and An Yo Lindsey

Jerry Lindsey Oct 23 2021 4:53 PM

I am so saddened to hear of Deannas passing. Kim, your mom and I were very close when you were small. You and my son Brad were the best of pals. I still have your first day of kindergarten picture. We shared a lot of good times and made a lot of memories. Love and prayers to you and your family.

King Sheri Oct 23 2021 3:33 PM