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Letha (Johnson) Lamb passed away peacefully on October 31, 2023, in Magrath, Alberta at the age of ninety nine. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Leith and Myrtle (Jensen) Johnson, and her husband Reed Dalton Lamb. She is survived by her five children, Marilyn (Dennis) Dahl, Wayne (Wendy) Lamb, Wendy (Thomas) Deppe, Sheryl (Richard) Joice, and Bruce (Margo) Lamb. She is the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.
Letha was born on November 13, 1923 in Barnwell, Alberta, the fourth of eleven children. She often commented that she was a pioneer child who didn’t have electricity, indoor plumbing, or central heating in her home. She had a happy upbringing and worked hard to help the family navigate farm life in the 1920’s and through the depression. She survived tuberculosis as a teenage girl and fortunately suffered no ill effects afterwards. She met the love of her life, Reed, to whom she married on December 28,1945, upon his discharge from the RCAF at the conclusion of WWII. She said that seeing Reed in his officers uniform “melted her bones”.
They then moved to Edmonton where Letha worked and Reed attended Dental School at the University of Alberta. Their oldest daughter, Marilyn, was born in Edmonton. The remainder of their children were born in Taber, Alberta. Reed and Letha moved to Lethbridge in 1960 where they finished raising their family. Once all the kids were in school, Letha worked side by side with Reed in his dental practice for many years. Upon retirement, Reed and Letha served a Family History Mission in Salt Lake City.
They loved their retirement years, having many adventures, attending the temple, and enjoying family times. Letha was well known for her quilts, knitting, sewing, and crocheting. It was always a thrill when it was your turn to get a new warm quilt. Her culinary skills were wonderful, especially Sunday dinners and lemon meringue pies. The lunches she packed for those going on a hike or skiing would have lasted several days. She never wanted anyone to go hungry. Grandma Lamb’s sugar cookies were always available from the freezer. She truly made her house a home and a place everyone loved to be. Her legendary Grandma Lamb Christmas Eve parties and games created wonderful family bonds and memories.
Shortly after Reed’s passing in 2006, Letha moved from the family home and relocated to West Lethbridge where she lived for 10 years. Her final years were spent in Magrath until her passing.
Letha was faithful, dedicated, and devoted to her husband, family, country, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her family meant everything to her. She loved and was aware of every child, grandchild, and great grandchild. She loved Southern Alberta and served faithfully in many capacities within the Church.
Letha was truly an elect lady who exemplified the traits of integrity, honour, character, charity, and having priorities in the right place. Each move in her life was met with a positive attitude, making new friends, and a smile.
Meet the family will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 7:00-8:00PM at Generations Funeral Home, 703 - 13 St N. There will also be an opportunity to meet the family on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 - 10:45AM at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 560 Highlands Blvd W. Funeral service will commence on Saturday November 4 at 11:00AM in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 560 Highlands Blvd W. Luncheon will be served following the funeral service. Interment will be in the Barnwell, Alberta Cemetery.
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