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Elnor Lambert

A celebration of life for Elnor Louise Lambert of Nevada City has been conducted.

Mrs. Lambert died Thursday, Oct. 17, at home. She was 92.



She was born Dec. 9, 1909, in Salt Lake City to Ella and Peter Keplinger. She met her husband, Lt. Col. William H. Lambert, in Wisconsin, where both worked for the U.S. Forest Service. They married in 1941. The forest service brought the Lamberts to Nevada City in 1954.

She was an artist and set and costume designer. She played an important role in the revival of Nevada Theatre, where she designed sets and helped create costumes for many years. She made all of the costumes and many of the props for the first re-enactment of the signing of the Constitution when the Constitution Day Parade was started in the 1960s.




She was active in the Newcomers Club, and designed and hand-painted programs for its annual spring fashion show for several years. She was also active in the Sisters of Hiram, an organization of Masonic widows. She painted a mural for the interior of the Masonic social hall.

She is survived by her daughters Beverly Cantrill of Nevada City, Cara Lamb of Santa Cruz and Stephanie Root of Greenwood; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

At her request, Beverly Cantrill is setting up a fund at the FJM Memorial Foundation (a charitable nonprofit) to help with health and educational projects in South Africa, where Cantrill recently served in the Peace Corps. To make a contribution, contact her at 265-2878.


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