Barbara Anne Lamb, 87, of Cuero Texas, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on July 14, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Her ashes were buried next to her deceased husband, Garland W. Lamb, at a family graveside memorial on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at the Cuero Cemetery.
Born on July 4, 1932, in Atlanta, Georgia to John D. Black and Grace B. Stone, “Anne” was the third child of nine children, growing up during the Great Depression. She married Garland Lamb in 1950 just prior to his enlistment in the US Air Force. During the Korean War, they gave birth to three children, each born at a different military base hospital where Garland served as a Staff Sergeant: Biloxi, San Antonio, and Landsburg,Germany. After the war, Anne & Garland settled in Atlanta until the mid-1960’s when Garland was hired as an auditor for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. which required relocating to a new region of the country every two years. In spite of the relocations (from Atlanta to Birmingham to New Jersey to Ohio and finally to Texas), Anne’s superb clerical and executive skills earned her high positions in each company she worked for. These included court reporter, executive secretary (for a variety of corporations), real estate agent, and as a business founder/owner/manager of an employment agency in Ohio, and of a retail sales business in Houston.
Aside from Anne’s skills in clerical and business, she was a fabulous cook, a talented decorator, vocalist & pianist, and a devoted, fun-loving mother! Her children will always cherish her witty and joyful personality. At retirement in 1986, Anne and Garland chose Cuero’s beautiful Guadalupe River to build their homestead--a 40-acre parcel along Hwy 183 eleven miles north of town. Friends and family came from afar to enjoy Anne & Garland’s warm hospitality, Cuero’s charm, and to splash in the pool, fish the river, pick pecans, tangerines, peaches and tomatoes, sit out on the porch, and devour the best barbecue beef and the best spaghetti sauce the world has ever tasted (thank you Grandma and Grandpa!). Those fun times together as a family will be cherished forever. Luckily, their son John purchased the property from them when their age required downsizing to a one-story residence close to town. Fortunately, Anne and Garland’s kids and grandkids still enjoy what the two of them created--a beautiful retreat on the river, chock full of great memories.
Anne attended the First Cuero Baptist Church and enjoyed fellowship there until 2013 when she moved to Austin for medical treatment and assisted living. She spent her last years at the Cedar Ridge Care Center where she received expert loving care until her death. She is survived by her children: Ty-Juan (Lamb) Markham, John H. Lamb (Patty), and Garland W. Lamb III--”Butch” (Elenor).
Anne is survived by ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. She will be always affectionately known as “Mom”, “Grandma Lamb” or “Meemaw”. She was loved beyond words, and is missed by many!
Contributions may be made in her memory to the First Cuero Baptist Church.