Dorothy Diana Carlson Lambdin, of Gladwyne, beloved wife of Charles Ernest Lambdin died on Friday, October 15, 2004 at Broomall Presbyterian Village after living strong through 4 years of kidney dialysis.
Born on May 28, 1922 in Roxborough PA, she was the daughter of Edward A. Carlson and Bessie Victoria Curnow Carlson. She was a fun-loving, active wife and mother, who enjoyed camping, cooking, sewing, crafts, and spending time with her children and their families: Diana Lambdin and Frank Lester of Bloomington, IN; Dolly Lambdin, Larry Abraham, and children Andrew and Rebecca Lambdin-Abraham of Austin, TX; Linda Lambdin and son Tyler Lambdin Naman of Santa Cruz, CA; and Charles Lambdin Jr. (Chip) and Debbie Lambdin of Fleetwood, PA and son Adam Helfrich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Curnow Downing Carlson. Curnow’s sons Downing, Timothy, and Gunnar Carlson, and daughter, Marilouise Carlson survive.
As a child, she lived in Ardmore, PA; spent memorable summers at her father’s camp for boys—Camp Keoka—on Long Lake in Naples, Maine; and attended Lower Merion Junior High School, where she met her future husband, Charles. As a young adult, during WWII, she lived in Maine, and later in Brooklyn, NY. After marrying in August 1947, Dorothy and Charles lived first in Philadelphia, and then—from 1954 to the present—in Gladwyne, PA, where she raised her family and was active as a Girl Scout leader and as a deacon (elder?) in the Gladwyne Presbyterian Church. After her children were grown, she worked as Activities Director for Saunders House Retirement Home, earned a bachelors degree from Villanova University (focusing on gerontology), and served from XXXX-XXXX as the Coordinator of Volunteers for the Main Line Office of the Retired Service Volunteer Program (RSVP). During their retirement years, Dorothy and Charles enjoyed traveling in their camper, and spending summers with family and friends at Camp Keoka.
A memorial service will be held in her honor at the Gladwyne Presbyterian Church in Gladwyne, PA at a later date.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Girl Scouts of America, National Kidney Foundation, or Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Cremation arrangements by Cremation Society of PA, King of Prussia, PA.