Rae Ann Musgrave Lambert

Rae Ann Musgrave Lambert left her earthly home for her heavenly home on July 6, 2018 to join her beloved husband of 57 years.  She was born prematurely in Birmingham, AL on May 16, 1938 and was the only child of Dr Ray S. Musgrave and Dr Anna M. Musgrave. Rae spent her early years in Hattiesburg attending Walthall School while her father was at Camp Shelby.  She went on to live in a variety of places including New York and Texas before returning to Hattiesburg for college.  Her father was head of the physiology department at USM, and her mother was a nurse and a nurse educator. Rae graduated from USM and married Charles Stanley Lambert Jr whom she met in college.

After getting married they moved to Pensacola, FL where Rae worked for the Girl Scouts, and they welcomed their first child. After several years they moved to Tampa where Rae continued to work for the Girl Scouts, raised 3 children and provided a loving home for a number of foster children.  She touched may other young lives through coaching softball, Girl Scouts and youth programs at her church.  She always had a positive attitude that was contagious to those around her, she was the voice of reason and always had a smile when you needed it most. In 1981 after spending a year going back and forth to care for her parents, Rae and her family moved back to Hattiesburg and settled next to her parents in the community of Lux. It wasn’t long before she was back to working for the Girl Scouts and helping her oldest daughter with a new venture Okatoma Boarding Kennel.  Soon after moving back Rae was diagnosed with Lupus, but she never let in get her down.

For the next 25 or so years Rae worked for the Girls Scouts, had her own GS troop, and directed GS Camp weekends. She worked with children’s programs at the church, taught adjunct faculty at USM in the HPR department, did the books and answered the phone for the boarding kennel and was an instructor of instructors for the Red Cross. She also cared for both of her parents and her aunt until their deaths. She was always there for her family and encouraged all of us to live our dreams and to be ourselves.

After retiring and beginning to have health issues Rae continued to stay involved with Girl Scouts and the Red Cross.  She continued to support USM, especially Lady Eagle Basketball, by being an active member of the Wings.  Rae enjoyed mentoring Lady Eagles and was very proud to watch her last Lady Eagle, Jamierra Faulkner, make it to the WNBA. The last long trip we took was to watch her play with the Chicago Sky in Atlanta. Her last few years were not easy, but we are thankful for her wonderful sitters who loved her like we did and kept her laughing. She had a positive attitude and was thinking of others to the very end. To say we were honored and blessed to be her family is an understatement.

She is survived by her son Jack Charles Lambert of Seattle, daughters Patricia Lambert and Nancy Lambert of Hattiesburg and 3 grandchildren Emily Lambert, Ashley Mabus and Jason Mabus and Brother in Law Ben Lambert (Sybil), nephew Ken and niece Aurie.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her nephew Keith Lambert.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, July 21st at 3:00 PM at Court Street United Methodist Church.  The family will be available to visitors starting at 2:00 PM at the church.

Donations in her memory can be made to Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, Camp Iti Kana (210 Front Street, Ste 100 Hattiesburg, MS 39401), Court Street UMC (courtstreetchurch.org), Love Without Boundaries (www.lovewithoutboundries.com), The Red Cross or a charity of your choice.