Donna De Reus Lambert, of Indianola and formerly of Oskaloosa, died at age 80 on June 23, 2013, in Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, after a final struggle with congestive heart failure.
Donna was born on May 11, 1933, in Oskaloosa, the daughter of James and Maxine Parker De Reus. She attended Grant Elementary School and Oskaloosa High School, graduating from there in 1951. Donna attended Iowa State College for one year and then returned home to her roots in Oskaloosa. In her young adult years, Donna served as a sales clerk for the Tastee Shop. In the fall of 1955, Donna married Myron Lambert, another Oskaloosa resident. They moved to Ames and subsequently lived in Japan, Omaha, Albuquerque and San Francisco. Three sons were born during that marriage: Mark, Gregg and John. The Lamberts divorced in 1969 and Donna returned to Ames, where she worked for 20 years as a budget compiler and analyst for the Dean of Agriculture at Iowa State University.
Donna moved to Corvallis, Ore., in 1992 and spent several years as a receptionist at a medical clinic. In 1997, she moved to North Carolina, where she lived with John and took care of her first granddaughter, Katie. She returned to Iowa in 1998 and settled in Norwalk, just south of Des Moines. Donna was an ardent fan of the Chicago Bears football team, and she enjoyed participating with her son John in “pick’em” contests for each season’s NFL games, often outperforming John and even winning outright several years. Donna’s other hobbies included knitting afghans and collecting movie VCR tapes.
Her surviving family includes her three sons, John (and Vasiliki) Lambert, of San Diego, Calif., Gregg Lambert, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mark (and Teresa) Lambert, of Encinitas, Calif.; a grandson, Mark Jr., and two granddaughters, Katie and Elena; two sisters, Kathy (and Denny) Baker from Clemons, and Mari Beth De Reus (and Steve Nichols) from Bend, Ore.; and a brother, Tom (and Irene) De Reus who live in the Philippines.