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Laurel Anita Babeaux Lambert


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Laurel Anita Babeaux Lambert Obituary
September 13, 1947 - October 23, 2016 Laurel Anita Babeaux Lambert, nicknamed Spy, passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, after fighting for eight months to recover from a stroke. She was 69. A Lindley descendant, Laurel was born to Margaret and Albert Babeaux on Sept. 13, 1947 at St Luke's Hospital. The family lived in Arcadia and Pasadena and vacationed at Balboa and Palm Springs. Some of her happiest moments were as a student at Westridge. Laurel graduated from Pitzer College in 1970. She left her first job, in the KABC newsroom, to follow her husband Charles Lambert to Denver. They divorced in 1978. She moved to Orange County with their daughter Lisa, where she worked at KOCE. Laurel and Lisa lived in Temple City while she managed publicity for KCET. There she made many lasting friendships. During that time, Laurel completed her MBA at University of Redlands. In 2001 she beat breast cancer at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Laurel retired from KCET in 2008 as the Vice President of Communications. She became a garden docent for the Huntington and helped maintain its orchid collection. Laurel earned her teaching certificate in Ikebana and gave demonstrations around the San Gabriel Valley. She was a regular at Arcadia's Curves. She also pursued her life-long love of travel. Laurel was an active member of All Saints Church. She volunteered with its Foster Care Project, as well as Hillsides and My Friend's Place. And she continued writing, for Shepley Winings and for Brighton Collectibles. Politics were a focal point of her life and she died proud her party nominated a woman for president. Laurel rescued numerous animals, and always owned a West Highland Terrier. She was the quintessential patron of the arts, attending the Pasadena Symphony, the Da Camera Society, and the Hollywood Bowl. Laurel hosted an annual Independence Day barbecue where family and friends enjoyed her abundant garden, as well as her outstanding cooking. While sharing "yappy hour" with friends and dogs at a neighbor's, Laurel had a stroke. She died at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia. She leaves behind Lisa, of Washington, D.C.; her sisters Meredith Brucker of Arcadia, Sharon Keith of Sierra Madre, and Susan Vanderbie; her niece Andrea King of Westchester and nephew Carson Brucker of Arcadia and their families. A funeral is planned for Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at All Saints in Pasadena. Her ashes will be interred in the columbarium. Donations honoring Laurel should be made to Hillsides or My Friend's Place. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 2, 2016
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