Nelda Faye Giles Lambert, 74, of Pottsboro died Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Funeral was July 19 at Parkside Baptist Church with Dr. Chet Haney, the Rev. Thomas Beall and the Rev. Jerry Coffman officiating. Burial was at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Nelda was born Nov. 9, 1938, in Halfway to J.E. and Alma Faye Giles. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Bridgeport High School and graduated from Decatur Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University).
She married the love of her life, Floyd (Stack) W. Lambert Aug. 10, 1956, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. They had their first daughter, Denise, and shortly thereafter moved to McKinney where their second daughter, Michelle, was born.
Nelda retired from Austin College in 1998 after 32 years. She was awarded the Homer P. Rainey award for Outstanding Achievement and Service to Austin College, one of the first non-faculty recipients. Upon her retirement, a scholarship fund was established in her name.
Nelda and Stack were devoted to their faith, serving at Parkside Baptist Church. They organized and led 17 mission trips in the construction of churches throughout the United States. She was also a dedicated Sunday school teacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sue Rowe, one brother-in-law, Jimmie Hefner; and nephew-in-law David Redmerski.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years; daughters Denise Vree and husband, Paul, of Odessa and Michelle Robbins and husband, Britton, of McKinney; grandchildren John and Krista Robbins, Michael and Erica Robbins, Aaron and Amanda Vree, Andrew Vree, Adam Vree, Alex Vree and Abby Vree.
She recently welcomed three great-granddaughters, Kate and Annelise Robbins and Holly Robbins. She is also survived by two sisters, Jean Fowler and husband, Johnny, and Jo Linda Garrett and husband, Robert, as well as 11 nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Parkside Baptist Church, Recreation Outreach Center. Online condolences may be made at www.bratcherfuneralhome.com.