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Katherine V. Lambright


Katherine V. Lambright (age 91) died June 5, 2013 in Spokane, Wash. She was born Aug. 24, 1921 to Carl and Laura Johnson at their home southwest of Cheney, Wash. Her family moved to Tucker Prairie to a farm where she attended school in a one-room country schoolhouse. They later moved to a farm near Edwall, Wash. where she attended school and graduated in 1939.

Katherine is survived by her five children: Laural Hepton (Jim), Russell Holloway (Donna), Penny Bankey (Mark), Nina McConnell (Joe), and Scott Lambright (Sharon). She is also survived by sisters Mildred Thorpe of Kirkland, Wash.; Carol Strieff of Cheney and a brother, Kenneth Johnson of Post Falls, Idaho; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Surviving her are five godchildren, many cousins here and in Canada, Germany, and Sweden and her good friend Madgie Aton. Preceding her in death are husbands Murray Holloway and Bob Lambright, her sister Evelyn Nelson and a godchild Tami Selfridge.

Katherine was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Medical Lake for 50 years where she volunteered her time and sewing skills to many charity efforts. For many years she worked as treasurer and judge for the West Plains Community Fair, always looking for ways to encourage young people and give back to her community. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Golden Agers, Espanola Grange, American Paint Horse Association, and most recently enjoyed the Noble Babes Red Hat Society. Mom spent countless hours putting together beautiful quilts – including one for each grandchild as they graduated from high school. She loved a good round of pinochle, jigsaw puzzles and reading. She spent many wonderful years caring for her parents, neighbors and young children and loved them all.

Contributions may be made in her memory to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett Road, Medical Lake, Wash. Katherine will be placed next to Bob at the Washington State Veteran’s Cemetery near Medical Lake.


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