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02/25/1921 — 10/24/2021
From Kennewick , WA
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Celebration of Life
Alta Sorensen Lambie was born in Tyler, Minnesota to Rasmus and Clara Sorensen on February 25th, 1921. As a child her first three years of education was at a Danish parochial school where classes were taught in Danish in the morning and in English in the afternoon. She finished her elementary and high school at Tyler public schools, graduating in 1939. She attended college in Mankato, Minnesota and taught five years in various Minnesota school districts before she married. She was married July 2nd, 1948 to Bob Lambie in the same Tyler church where she was baptized and confirmed. Bob and Alta had three children, Jon, Karla, and Richard. When the children were almost ready to start school, she returned to work part time with the Robbinsdale (Minnesota) School District teaching homebound children at the junior and senior high level. She developed and coordinated the Robbinsdale Home/Hospital Instruction and Special Tutoring Program, She was proud of the staff and fifty teachers who taught in the program and kept in touch with many of them throughout her life.
Alta and Bob moved to the Tri-Cities in 1973 when Bob was transferred to work at Hanford as an Electrical Superintendent. Alta worked for the Richland School District as secretary and later as Coordinator of Maintenance and Operations, retiring from there in October 1989. Alta and Bob were active members of Richland Lutheran Church and travel extensively with a group of friends who call themselves the NOMADS.
Her favorite past times included doing cross-stitching, crossword puzzles and baking. She kept family and friends stocked with homemade cookies, brownies, and Danish pastries. She was also an avid fan of the Tri-Cities Americans Hockey Team. She became an avid hockey fan at the age of 90 years.
Alta is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert (Bob), two sisters, a twin brother, a younger brother and her eldest son, Jon. She is survived by her daughter Karla (Paul) Gaither, son Richard Lambie (Lee Klejeski), daughter in law, Jacqueline Lambie, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, November 4th, 2021 at 10:00am at Events at Sunset.
Alta subbed with me when I was a secretary at Tapteal and I loved working with her! She was always so interested in others. She had such a positive outlook on life and was never one to feel sorry for herself. We kept in touch for the past 13 years since I retired; when I came back to Tri Cities, we went out to lunch a couple of times. She always sent out a Christmas newsletter full of news of her family! I will definitely miss Alta! She was a gem and one of a kind!!
Alta was the sweetest person. In my years at Hanford High School, if I called the ad bldg or maintenance and reached Alta, I was so grateful. She was always kind, responsive and had time to visit. More than that, she saw to it that things were done! She was very special to so many people. We and you all will miss her so much!
You will be missed!! We always looked forward to seeing and talking to you at the Tri City Americans Hockey games. It was through seeing them we were fortunate enough to meet you, Richard, and Lee. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
I had the great please of working with Alta at Lewis & Clark Elementary when she subbed there in the 2000 – 2010 and at the District office . She was not afraid of change and willing to learn anything new. I loved working with her and she is an inspiration to me.
Sending prayers to the family. I will miss seeing Alta’s smiling face at the hockey games. She was such fan and delight to watch.
I will always remember Alta for what she did for me out of the kindness of her heart. I got my first start as a employee with the Richland School District because of her. I was broke and did not have enough money for gas to get to work. She gave me a few dollars to get by until payday and i will never forget that . I started a 30 year career with the school district because of her. God bless you Alta for the help and support you gave me. David Bowland