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Obituary for Joan Cross Lambert

Joan C. Lambert born September 9, 1934, departed this life on Monday, August 28, 2017 at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. She was born in Morristown, NJ to the late Dorothy Clarke Cross and Samuel W. Cross.

She was pre-deceased by her brother, V. Samuel Cross and sister Muriel M. Yancey. She is survived by her devoted husband of 53 years Joseph C. Lambert, Sr. Her daughter Kym (Surles) Longus of North Plainfield, two sons George W. Surles Jr. of Cranford, and Joseph C. Lambert Jr. and daughter-in-law, Georgia of South Plainfield. Sisters Virginia M. Cross of Piscataway, Catherine Hawley and brother-in-law Jarvis of Montclair. Brother Richard Cross and sister-in-law Judy of San Diego, sisters-in-law Jean Cross of Vaux Hall and Ernestine (Kippy) Lambert of Westfield. Brother-in-law Harry Lambert Jr. (Dr. Verna Benjamin Lambert) of Atlanta, GA. Her beloved granddaughters Zoe, Xenia, Ione and Jasmine, and her grandson Howard Douglas Longus of Las Vegas, NV. Her dearest lifetime friend who was more like another sister for 70 years, Margaret Harrison. She was like a second mother to many; Judy, Steve, Wendy, Shawn, Billy, Lynda, Terri, and Traci. Her loving guidance was always greatly appreciated. She leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends, especially Brownie Johnson aka Mr. J.

Joan was employed at the National State Bank for more than 25 years, when she met the love of her life Joe. They soon formed an unbreakable bond. After leaving National State Bank she later worked as a paralegal secretary for Abrams, Gran, Dalto & Reina a law firm in South Plainfield, NJ for eighteen years.

She enjoyed playing pinochle, going to Atlantic City to play the slot machines and spending countless hours with her grandchildren. To Joan, nothing was more important or sacred than the love of family and friends. She was a tireless advocate for the underdog and would speak out freely whenever any form of injustice was being done. Joan would give you the shirt off of her back. She was generous to a fault. If she had, you had. She believed in always telling it like it was and would often say, “if you don’t want to know the truth, then don’t ask me.”

One of the fun things that she truly enjoyed was playing the lottery, knowing one day in her heart she would pick the winning numbers. She kept detailed and meticulous records about everything. She loved to maintain a collection of scrap books containing treasured family photos and other such memorabilia. Another one of her hobbies would be to collect commemorative magazines and other such publications.

Christmas was one of her favorite times of the year. She would decorate the house inside and out and it looked like something out of Better Homes and Gardens and boy could she wrap a gift. In fact, they were so magnificent that you hated to open them!

In parting, Joan will always be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and loyal friend. She was above all a women that was never too busy to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She took great pride in her appearance from head to toe and lived to a standard of high moral values. Honesty, integrity, compassion and accountability were of utmost importance to her and the qualities she instilled in each of her children.

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