Funeral services for Dorothy Joan Lamb, 80, of Portales, will be at 2 p.m., Friday, June 13, 2014, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, with Gilbert Aukerman officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Slick Lamb, David Lamb, Rachelle Martz, Eric Martz, Amanda Lamb, John Morstad and Aaron Morstad serving as pallbearers. All of her other grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers.
Dorothy Joan Lamb was born July 29, 1933 in Nagaunee, Mich., to the home of Dorothy Jane (Wallace) and Oscar Rudolph "Rudy" Turri. She died on June 8, 2014, in Lubbock, Texas.
The Turri family moved to Carlsbad when she was 14 years of age , so that her father could work in the potash mines. On Aug. 6, 1949, she was married to Earl Lamb. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. They made their home in Carlsbad until the early 1950s when they moved to Alamogordo where her husband served as pastor. In 1978, they accepted the pastorate of the congregation in Portales. Except for a short time when they lived in Clovis, Portales was their home for the remainder of her life.
Mrs. Lamb was the picture of a pastor's wife. She was very outgoing and friendly . She never met a stranger. She cooked for countless funerals and church dinners, as well as entertaining and feeding her family of seven children. Mrs. Lamb baked pies endlessly to raise money for missions. She loved to sew and crochet and do scrapbooks. Mrs. Lamb was very musically inclined . She played the piano and the accordion. She had a special knack for keeping track of everyone's birthdays and anniversaries, and she faithfully sent greeting cards and encouraging notes.
She is survived by Earl, her husband of more than 64 years of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Socorro Lamb of Grand Prairie, Texas, Daniel and Ninfa Lamb of Lovington, Michael and Martha Lamb of Portales; four daughters and sons-in-law, Jo-Ann and Jim Martz of Reed City, Mich., Earlene and Dan Shayotovich of Emery, S.D., Deborah and Robert Aukerman of South Windsor, Conn., and Sharon and Mark Bennett of Tokyo, Japan; sixteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Smith of Carlsbad; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents and two sisters, Margie Rainwater and Marlene Hood.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary in Portales, phone 575-356-4455, website: wheelermortuary.net
500 East 3rd Street
Portales, NM 88130
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 12 to July 11, 2014