Carol (Trudie) Lamberton age 59 of Lawrenceville went home to be with the Lord on March 13th. After a very long battle with cancer, she succumbed to the disease. Trudie had a 38 year long career with Southern Company Services where she served as an IT Manager at her time of retirement. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Bob; children, Jennifer and Michael; brother Jim Slason of Hammondsville, OH; sister Hilarie Nealon of Herndon,VA. A service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018. Visitation will begin at 1:30pm with a service starting at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (www.gaovariancancer.org).

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  1. Trudie was well respected and highly thought of throughout her career at Southern Company. She always maintained a pleasant and positive demeanor; she was a good listener, and she was fair to all. She could be tough, and she could be funny with her wry sense of humor. I do not know anyone who did not fully respect Trudie.

    Her strength and resolve served her well during these past few years. She fought her illness with everything that she had.

    May God bless Trudie, Bob and her children. She will be missed.

  2. Trudie was my sister and friend. I can’t begin to express how much I will miss her love, kindness, and humor–and, of course, her strength. I always admired her and was so proud to call her sister. She’s at rest now. My thoughts and prayers are with Bob, Jennifer, and Michael, as well as her brother Jim, her nieces and nephews, and all of her great friends, as we all deal with this loss.

  3. Words can’t express the depth of my grief. She has been my closest friend, confidant, and tennis partner for over 20 years. I met Trudie at Georgia Power where we both worked on the same floor and our husbands worked together at the Distribution office. We found that we also had children the same age, and that we only lived about 3 miles from each other. And as an added bonus to these similarities – – we both LOVED to play tennis! Sometimes we played extraordinarily well, other times not so much. Once never losing a match during the season and going all the way to city finals. We bought matching outfits to look our best for the big day. Our somewhat stuffy pride would later be knocked down a few notches as we lost 0-6, 1-6 to two ladies, obviously older than ourselves, both wearing knee braces during the match. Bob and Danny had come to watch the match and commented that maybe they were bad luck. This was not the first time they had watched us lose. Of course, it wouldn’t be the last time they watched us either. Tennis was a constant in our friendship. Throughout the years, we played all types of leagues. We played ALTA business women, Alta mixed, K-Swiss, and T-2, and later on Senior women.

    As I reflect on our years of friendship, I realize now how tennis played such an important role in our friendship. We played tennis when everything was going good in our lives, but tennis became even more important to us when life threw hurdles at us. It might be work related pressures or the many challenges (and rewards 😉) of family life and raising teenagers, but we could always count on tennis to see us through the day. It never let us down – win or lose. We solved so many of life’s ups and downs as we fought our battles on the court.

    After Trudie’s diagnosis in 2010, tennis would play an even more important role in Trudie’s life. She never missed a beat. We played both Alta and T-2, which meant playing 2-3 times a week. We would work out our matches around her chemo treatments on days that she thought she would be “less sick.” She never wanted to let our opponents know that she was ill and as she said, “never wanted to play the cancer card.” We continued playing as Trudie’s condition worsened and she developed physical limitations from the disease progression that made play more and more difficult. We scheduled a T-2 match with 2 “older” ladies in early 2016. So glad we won that match! Our opponents commented that T-2 was supposed to be fun and that we were just a little too intense and competitive in their opinion. If they only knew! Trudie was the ultimate competitor and she and I both always played to win. They didn’t know she was in for a much bigger fight of her life. She was admitted into the hospital the next day, for one of what would be many future stays. This would be the last time we played tennis, but she never stopped trying to get healthy enough in hopes of playing once again.

    This last year of Trudie’s life brought more surgeries and more hospital stays, but she never, ever gave up. She fought this fight much like all of our many tennis matches – all the way to the end. I am heartbroken and will miss my friend so much.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with the Lamberton family as they cope with the loss of a loved one. I didn’t know Trudi personally but only thru her sister of Hilarie. She seemed like a really special person with incredible inner strength and a zest for life.I hope you can all take comfort in the warm memories of a life well lived.

  5. Mrs. Lamberton, it was a pleasure being your nurse on many occasions during your hospitalizations. I got to know such a sweet, funny, and strong woman. No matter how much pain and suffering you were facing, you still had a smile on your face and was so kind. Last Sunday transferring you to the ICU was devastating and you still managed to look at me in the elevator and say, “I’m okay.” It hurts to know your gone but the suffering is over. My prayers are with your loving family. Rest In Peace Mrs. Lamberton

  6. Sorry to hear about your loss it’s always hard when losing someone we love acts 24:15 helps us to appreciate that there will be a ressurection and soon we will be reunited with our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  7. Bob, we are extremely saddened to hear of Trudie’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you during this time. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts & prayers in the days and months ahead.
    In deepest sympathy, Stan & Tami Denney

  8. I knew Trudie at SCS and followed her CaringBridge posts these last years. She inspired me so much with her positive attitude. I know she is no longer in pain and I know her family takes comfort in that, but it still hurts so much to lose her. Prayers to Trudie’s family and also to her dear friend, Glynda – it takes a very special friend to stick with you like she did.

  9. Words cannot express our sorrow at the loss of our dear Trudie and the sadness that loss brings to her family. We first met Trudie and Bob 30 years ago in 1988 when we moved into the same neighborhood, became acquainted and soon became close friends. We have been truly blessed to have Trudie, Bob, Michael and Jennifer as our dear friends and a part of our lives over all these years. We have had so many happy times – group vacations, doing the “lake thing” during the summers, our annual pilgrimage to the boat show in the middle of winter, just spending time together and, of course, watching the twins grow up and be a part of it all. Trudie was truly remarkable; while petite in stature, her spirit, strength, tenacity, and determination were monumental. Trudie’s physical presence will surely be missed but she will always be with us in our hearts and in our memories. She was and continues to be an inspiration.

  10. She was a great co-worker, friend and most of all a fine, caring and strong person. One is never sure why she had to endure the trials that were placed upon her but I know she is with God and finally at peace. She will be missed by many but not forgotten.

  11. Bob, I was devastated when I heard the news. Though I knew you well before I ever met Trudie, I got to know her very well as we worked out for a numbers of months together doing P90X in the early mornings at the corporate gym. May God be with you and the family.

  12. On behalf of the Tillman and Flynt family, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to Bob, Jennifer, and Michael, and family in this extremely difficult time.

    I don’t remember the first time I met Trudie and her family, but know that it was through my Aunt and Uncle, Sharon and Mickey Evans. There are so many fond memories over the years – weekends, shared vacations, and milestones for her family and ours.

    Trudie always brought light, positive energy, and humor to any situation. From vacations at the beach at St. George Island, weekends at the lake and impromptu dinners or rendezvous on the water, Trudie’s wit and energetic spirit made every interaction more fun and vibrant. Trudie’s smile was infectious and her love for her family and friends was always apparent. We will never forget all of the fun times our families shared. She was petite in stature but tremendous in heart. No matter the challenge, she remained courageous and positive.

    We are thankful that our lives’ were brightened by Trudie’s spirit. She will live on in our memories and hearts.

    “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” – Shakespeare

    With love, Erin and Alex Flynt; Dickie, Cheryl and Lee Tillman
    We are making a donation in her name to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, and our hearts will be with the family during the memorial service.

  13. The Cornelius Family is deeply saddened about your loss, but we know you all realize she is in a better place. Although Trudie is not with us physically, she is among us in memories and spirit.

  14. Trudie, what a wonderful spirit you have and how sad this is to write. Tough and understanding when you had to be and light hearted and happy when you could be. The “big-C” or “The Emperor of Maladies” as it is called is a terrible disease and it attacks the young and healthy and the old a weak alike. Cheryl and I have kept up with your fight via Caring Bridge and through conversations with my dear sister Sharon. It is difficult for me to comprehend how you have held on given the medical complications you have faced through the last few years. I guess it is a tribute to your internal strength and fortitude.

    We had the good fortune (and by chance) to go on vacation to St. George Island with Bob, Trudie, Jen and Michael I think in the summer of 2001. I say by chance because we filled a niche vacated by another couple that couldn’t go due to work demands. This would have been the first time we were ever around them for very long. Bob, Trudie and family met and became friends with Sharon and Mickey when they were neighbors in the same subdivision in St. Mountain. Since that time we have had the good fortune to share in their week long summer vacation several times. Each time was different but each was equally enjoyable and a great get a way for us all. Sharon and Mickey had previously been on the summer vacation beach trip with Bob and Trudie a few times before and had become great friends.

    Trudie, following your struggle via Caring Bridge and my Sister Sharon has been an emotional roller coaster ride for me and my family. Each time on the highs hoping that things were going to get better but they just never seemed to be last. Cheryl and I had thought of trying to post something like this in a letter or on Caring Bridge but it always seemed a little to much like saying good bye, which we never wanted to do. If you can read this from the big internet in the sky I just wanted to say thanks for letting us be a part of your life and sharing in some of the good times we have had together with you, Bob, Jen and Michael. Remembering the canoe trip on the Wakulla and the bike ride from hell on St. George Island are all great memories and they shall stay with us hopefully forever.

    As the saying goes, “Thanks for the memories” and peace be with you and your family.

    Dickie, Cheryl, Erin and Lee

  15. Bob, Jenny, Michael and family my prayers are going up for y’all…..Trudie was always a good friend, with a compassionate word for others. We certainly had many great times together as Stone Breeze neighbors! I remember the JOY in her heart and your Daddy’s the day they brought you both home! She and I have had many talks about the Beast she waged a GREAT battle with…..I will be praying for peace in your hearts. Love, Kimmie

  16. I am very sorry for your family’s loss. I hope you are able to find comfort in all the special memories of Trudie. May you also find comfort in sickness and disease being eliminated – Revelation 21:4.

  17. I am so sad to learn about Trudie’s passing and I am especially sad because of all the pain her sister Hilarie has suffered because of cancer. I met Trudie through Hilarie about 40 years ago .what a wonderful, wonderful family.

  18. I am sorry for your loss. God is the source of all life and an enemy of death. May His Word provide the family with comfort and peace in the days ahead. Acts 24:15 gives a beautiful hope of a resurrection for those we have sadly lost in death and we look forward to reuniting with our loved ones again.

  19. Carol, I’m going to miss your courageous smiling face . Who knew we were born in the same town! Rip my friend you will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you Bob you were the best husband/caregiver that any spouse could ask for.

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