Irene Phyllis Bonner Lambert, 236 Taylor St., Staunton, Va., passed away peacefully and was escorted by Angels to Eternal Life on Sept. 15, 2021. She was a beloved wife, mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was born Jan. 1, 1921 to Zelna and Herbert H. Bonner of Clarksburg. She attended Washington Irving High School, Potomac State
College and WV Wesleyan, where she would meet her husband, Lorren Lambert. After returning from Newport News Va. and Long Beach Cal., she was employed by the Tucker
County Board of Education for 20 years as a Remedial Reading Instructor.
She lived in Parsons for over 50 years and was a member of Parsons Presbyterian Church and many civic organizations. In addition to her work and raising a family, she especially
enjoyed playing golf and spending time with her friends at Holly Meadows Country Club.
Her interests included reading, gardening and photography. She was an accomplished artist, creating many beautiful drawings and paintings. She and her husband traveled extensively
and enjoyed antiquing together.
In Staunton, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women and Adult Sunday School. At the age of 83, after the death of her husband, Irene joined the
Staunton YMCA, where she loved attending the PACE class, exercising with her friends and caring instructors. She was recognized as the “senior” member of the group. She
entered the care of Birch Gardens Assisted Living just recently, where she was once again , the “senior” member.
In addition to her husband of 63 years, Irene was predeceased by infant daughter Emily. Survivors include two sons, Loren Lambert (and Elaine Cooperman) of Silver Spring, James (and DeDe) Lambert of Elkins, and her daughter Susan (and John) Manos of Staunton. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Josh Lambert of Raleigh, and Lindsay (and Nick) Day of Boston, Michael (and Summer) Manos of Fairfax, Chris (and Rita) Manos of New York City and Andy Manos (and Jenn Bender) of Jersey City. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Amelia (Millie) and Eleanor Manos, two nephews, a niece and cousins.
Irene’s good cheer and generosity of spirit blessed her family and those who knew her. She loved her church community, friends and neighbors. She lived a Blessed life, for which
she was grateful, and was a faithful servant to the Lord. Her faith was her comfort, and her family was her greatest joy.
Memorials may be made to the Parsons Presbyterian Church, Parsons, WV, First Presbyterian Church, Staunton, Va., or the Staunton YMCA.
A special appreciation and thank you to Irene’s caregivers at Birch Gardens and Legacy Hospice.
Henry Funeral Home in Staunton is in charge of arrangements for Irene Phyllis Bonner Lambert.
Memorials may be made to the family online at www.henryfuneralhome.net.