Vera Jean Lambert, 75, died June 20, 2004, in Jonesboro.
The Lambert family came to Cherokee Village in August 1966. The year round population was less than 700 residents at that time. The family owned and operated the Village Liberty Supermarket and later the Lakeview Dinette in Cherokee Village. They also operated the Cherokee Village Post Office for many years. Vera Lambert was always at the center of Village life, checking out groceries, putting up the mail, raising three children, taking part in the community activities and having a voice in local affairs.
Born Dec. 28, 1928, in Saline County, Ark., she was the daughter of Tom Foster and Alma Watts Foster.
Her lineage was the stuff of American history. Ancestors fought in the War of Independence and the War of 1812. A great-great uncle died at the Alamo. Two great-grandfathers served the Confederacy during the Civil War. Her father was honored for his 45 years with Rock Island Railroad by having a locomotive named after him.
She was a 1947 graduate of Malvern High School. She was a member of Spring River Baptist Church, Cherokee Village Business Association and a charter member of Spring River Business and Professional Women's Association. In 2000, she was chosen as Sharp County Woman of the Millennium.
Survivors include three children -- Robert Galen Lambert of Cherokee Village, Stewart Kent Lambert of Jonesboro and Linda Lou Lambert of Jonesboro; two grandchildren -- Stewart Zachary Lambert of Jonesboro, and Emily Ann Rock of Jonesboro; and a great-grandchild, Katy Ann Rock of Jonesboro.
The funeral is at 10 a.m. June 23 at Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel Funeral Home with David Coleman presiding.
A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. at Graham Cemetery in Benton.