Former Fairbanks resident, Kathy L. Lambert, 52, was born March 18, 1960, in Coos Bay, Ore., to Gene and Dody Pagh. She passed away May 1, 2012, at her home in Coos Bay.
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After her childhood in Coos Bay, Kathy moved to Fairbanks, with her parents in 1974, where she finished high school, graduating from West Valley High School, class of 1978.
She married Gary Lambert in 1980, and together they had a daughter, Courtney, born in January 1984. Gary was tragically killed in a car accident that following September. Kathy moved back to Coos Bay in 1988, where she bought a home with Ron Rider and they became lifelong partners until her death.
Kathy was a fun loving and high-spirited person. She gathered many friends in her short time on earth, but will be in great company with her family in heaven.
Kathy worked as a cancer caregiver and also did volunteer work for the American Cancer Society in Coos Bay for several years. She was a great caregiver.
Her daughter graduated from nursing school last year and was able to give her mother the best comfort care anyone could have until her passing. She died in the arms of her lifelong partner, Ron Rider, and her loving daughter, Courtney Lambert.
Kathy is survived by her mother, Dody Pagh; daughter, Courtney Lambert; partner, Ronald Rider; niece, Gena Pagh; grandmother, Illa Nickerson, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Pagh; brothers, Gary and Doug Pagh; grandmother, Peggy Bell; and grandfathers, Jim Nickerson and George Pagh.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be sent to Kathy's daughter, Courtney Lambert, to help with final expenses: P.O. Box 922, Coos Bay, OR 97420.
At Kathy's request, no public services will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.
Final arrangements were entrusted to Coos Bay Chapel. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.coobayfh.com.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 6, 2012