Irene E. Lambert, 86, of Jaffrey, died peacefully at Langdon Place in Keene, while surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 19, 2021, after a period of failing health.
She was born on April 20, 1935, in Winchendon MA, the eldest daughter of the late Maurice and Laura (Rivard) LaBarge. Irene was raised and educated in Winchendon. She married the love of her life, Francis T. Lambert and enjoyed 50 years together.
In addition to raising her family, Irene held jobs at NHBB in Peterborough, Dyno Manufacturing in Jaffrey, and D.D. Beans in Jaffrey. She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Parish, in Jaffrey.
Irene’s love of travel took her and her Francis to all 49 states on their Honda Goldwing, motorcycle. She was instrumental in getting the NH Chapter E, Honda Goldwing club formed, along with Francis and Ken Clark. Rallies were held all around New England, making many lifelong friends. Irene was New Hampshire’s first woman to do the 4 corners of the continental United States, on their motorcycle.
In 1997, the couple bought a motor home, and traveled extensively, enjoying the RV lifestyle. After selling their RV, in 2012, Irene and Francis purchased a home in Leesburg, FL and loved the Florida lifestyle, leaving behind the snowy NH winters.
Irene loved walking, knitting, country music concerts, her dachshunds, reading, and cooking for family. Her NY Style cheesecakes were a family favorite on the holidays. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, having so much fun with them, and teaching them many things.
Mrs. Lambert is survived by her husband, Francis T. Lambert of Jaffrey; her only daughter, Janice M. Hautanen and her husband Bruce of Jaffrey; her sons, James C. Pickford and his fiancé Cathy of Rindge, NH, David M. Pickford and his wife Lisa of Custer, SD and Stephen J. Pickford and his wife Suzanne of North Franklin, CT; her 3 siblings, Nancy R. Willcox of Winchendon, MA, Sherman E. LaBarge of Fryeburg, ME and Rita M. Carpenter of Milford, CT; 12 grandchildren, Stacie Baez, of Jaffrey, Julie Callahan of Chester NH, Andrew Hautanen of Jaffrey, Jennipher Pickford of Sprague, CT, Jeffrey Pickford of Griswold, CT, Kaylan Pickford of Burrillville, RI, Kylie Pickford of North Franklin, CT, Kelsey Mire, of Woodbridge, VA, Katie Roe, of Rapid City, SD, Anna Peachey of Piedmont, SD. In addition, she is survived by 12 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, a brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her grandson, Thomas Pickford on November 29, 2011, brother Paul A. LaBarge on October 6, 2018, and brother-in-law Howard Carpenter on August 12, 2021.
There will be no calling hours. A celebration of Life will take place in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Irene’s name may be made to Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire, 814 Elm Street, Suite 300, Manchester, NH 03101-2230.