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Official Obituary of

Helen Jane Lamb

December 5, 1931 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Helen Lamb Obituary

Helen “Jane” Carter Lamb

1931 – 2024

Helen “Jane” Carter Lamb was born on December 5th, 1931, the second of eight children, to parents Fred Foster Carter and Francis “Mildred” (Boggs) Carter in Houston, Texas.  Along with her 2 sisters and 5 brothers, they lived in the Heights area of Houston and attended Grace United Methodist Church (UMC).  Her grandparents, Eula and E.M. Boggs, also lived with them and had a tremendous impact on her formative years.  When she was very young, her father brought some watercolor paints home for her to try, which unveiled a natural talent and launched a lifelong love of painting.  As the family grew, Jane and her sister Kathy, the 2 eldest, also had a loving role in caring for the younger brothers, whom they adored.

After high school, Jane attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, where her artistic gifts were put to great use in illustrating the college yearbook.  While there, she met the man she would marry, Clifton Martel “Cliff” Lamb, from Leon County, Texas.  They married on August 1, 1952, at Grace UMC.

As Cliff began serving a call to ministry in the United Methodist Church, Jane put her college degree on hold to follow him as he finished his graduate work and served as pastor in several small churches.  They also began growing their family of two daughters (Brenda Kaye and Connie Sue), both named with nods to her beloved sisters, and two sons (John Wesley and Steven Wayne).

When the 4 children were all old enough to be in school, she decided it was time to go back to school to finish her degree.  At the time, they were serving a church in Teague, Texas, so she commuted to attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.  She always loved children, and after graduating, began a career as an elementary school teacher.  As they moved to various towns or cities to serve UM churches, she would find teaching jobs in each location.  During all this time, Jane continued to study the art she had grown to love and blossomed as an incredibly talented artist, working mostly in oils, acrylics and watercolors.

Cliff continued his ministry in many churches over the years, ultimately retiring as Senior Pastor of Pearland United Methodist Church in 1994, with Jane always by his side.  But Jane was much more than “a preacher’s wife”.  She was a true partner with him in ministry, side-by-side on many working mission trips, not only in the US but in Mexico, Haiti and India. In the local churches they served and beyond, she was a sought-after Bible study leader, Sunday School teacher and School of Christian Missions instructor.  She also taught English as a second language to adults new to our country, providing encouragement and extra support when her new friends were in need.  She was a remarkable educator, but especially good at loving others.

Cliff and Jane loved each other deeply and never lost the romance, while truly enjoying life and having fun together.  They loved their family and the many long-time friends they made along the way.

After Cliff’s passing in 2004, Jane continued her ministry and outreach in Dallas as long as she could, working in the Oak Cliff UMC food pantry, tutoring children after school and of course, always painting her beautiful artwork. During church, she would often sit and sketch with a pencil, using a corner of the bulletin to draw the choir, the organist or the preacher, perhaps at times the face of a child sitting close by.  At the end of the service, she would shyly give it to the subject of the sketch.  It was endearing, and many treasured those sketches.

In addition to her grandparents and parents, she is preceded in death by nephews Stanley Sinclair and Todd Gilpin, her sister Kathy (Don) Sinclair, sister-in-law Melanie (John) Carter, and husband Cliff.

Remaining to remember her with great love are her brothers Fred Jr. (Barbara), Tom (Loye), John, Bill (Joanne) and Rick (Diane) and sister Sue (Jim) Crawford.

Her children include:

Daughter Brenda (Duke Dusek) Lamb, granddaughter Amanda Jane (Jon) Patten, great-grandchildren Mary (William) Blank, Luke Field, and Summer Patten, and great-great grandson William Blank Jr.

Daughter Connie (Jim) Bloxom, granddaughters Tracy (Micheal) Whitten and Kelly (Ryan) Kahlden, and great-grandchildren Matthew Whitten, Nick Whitten, Laura Whitten, Drew Kahlden and Sarah Kahlden.

Son John (Kathy) Lamb, grandson Charles (Aubrey) Lamb.

Son Steve (Terri) Lamb

Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will never forget the love she always embodied, with profound impact on all who were blessed to know her.  She taught us what unconditional love is and lived it.  Thanks be to God for her life of love.

A memorial service is to be conducted by her family at eleven o’clock in the morning on Saturday, the 2nd day of March 2024, at the Evans Chapel Church, 4133 FM 977 W, Leona, Texas 75850.  Immediately following, the family will gather for a private interment in the Evans Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of customary remembrances, donations can be made in the name of Helen Jane Lamb to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response at www.umcor.org. 

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Cremation services for Helen Jane Lamb are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Highway 19, Palestine, Texas 75801.



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Memorial Service
March 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Evans Chapel Church
4133 FM 977 W
Leona, TX 75850


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