Della Lucille Lamb
Della Lucille (Walz) Lamb passed away peacefully in her sleep at Hays Medical Center on Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, at the age of 90. She was born Feb. 15, 1927, to Ernest G. and Jennie ( King ) Walz on the family farm southwest of Grinnell. She attended country school for two years and grade school in Grinnell through the seventh grade. Her family moved to Oakley in 1941 where she graduated from Oakley High School with the Class of 1945. Della worked at Crownover Insurance for three years as a secretary to save money for school. She graduated from Stewarts Beauty School, Salina, and became a licensed beautician. She operated Della’s Beauty Shop in Oakley for 12 years. On June 25, 1950, Della married Donald Charles Lamb in the old Methodist Church located on Center Avenue in Oakley. They worked hard as young business owners with Della in her beauty shop and Don the owner of Don’s Shoe Store in downtown Oakley. After 10 years, Della sold her beauty shop to become a homemaker and mom to her two children. Della and Don were parents to a daughter, Diane, and a son Richard (Dick). She was a great mom and a wonderful cook, providing her family with great, home cooked meals every day. Della enjoyed her children and all of their school and summer activities. She was a Girl Scout leader for five years and liked to help each summer with day camp at Ottkens Grove. She liked to sew and made lots of their clothes while growing up, and she even made prom dresses and bridesmaid’s dresses in later years. Della and Don always had a huge garden in their backyard that provided lots of fresh food, including plenty more for canning. This created an opportunity for a small business for their kids selling fresh veggies to the neighbors.She also enjoyed fishing with her family. This started at a young age with cane poles, sisters, older brothers and a hike or horseback ride to the Hackberry Creek near their farm by Grinnell. Della, Don and family went to Lake Scott often to swim, fish, have picnics and pick currents and choke cherries (for making homemade jam). Many memories were created by years of camping and fishing, boating and skiing at Cedar Bluff, Wilson and Kirwin Lake. Nightly campfires, fried walleye, macaroni and cheese, fresh tomatoes and s’mores were her favorite summer memories at the lake. Della worked with the Logan County JuniorMiss pageant for 27 years as a finance committee leader She never knew a stranger, liked to tell jokes and laugh and loved to visit. Della is survived by a daughter, Diane Brown, and husband, Bill, and a son, Richard “Dick” Lamb, all of Hays; five grandchildren Kirsten Dutton Lamb of Oakley; William Cody Brown of Laramie, Wyo.; Sierra Nicole Brown of Lawrence, and Jessica Lynn Lamb and Jordan Taylor Lamb, both of Waterbury, Vt.; and one great-grandson, Cain Mccrae Saint of Oakley. Also surviving is her younger sister, Beula (Boots) Haxton, Scott City, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gene and Eunice Lamb, Strasburg, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don (2006); sisters and brothers-in-law Ida and John Suter, Betty and Duane Gibson, brother-in- law Don Haxton; brothers and sisters-in-law: Ernie and Icie Walz, Christian Walz, Eddie and Marguerite Walz, and Floyd and Leah Walz; and a brother- in- law and sister-in-law, Ivan and Dellar Lamb. A memorial service will be held Sun., Oct. 15, 2:00 p.m., at Kennedy Koster Funeral Home, 217 Freeman Ave, Oakley. A gathering of family and friends will be held following the service at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, 3083 US Hwy 83, Oakley.