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Thelma Lamb (1965 Counselor) VIEW PROFILE

Thelma Lamb (1965 Counselor)

Mrs. Lamb died on  October 21, 1993.  Her early life was spent in Parma, MI.  She received a Bachlor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts degree plus a sixth year from Michigan State University.  She spent 43 yeards of her life as a high school teacher, librarian, principal, guidance director and counselor, the last 23 years having been spent at Okemos High School.  She was a member of the Okemos Community Church, the Mary Martha Circle, the Friends of Historic Meridian, the Historic Society of Michigan, the Okemos Women's Club, the Pioneers, the Friends of the Okemos Library, the Ingham County Retired School Personnel Association (which she helped organize and served as the first treasurer), a life member of Michigan Retired School Personnel Association and life member of the Eastern Star Chapter #342 of Vermontville, MI.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton C. Lamb, to whom she was married 57 years; and 2 brothers, Howard and Elroy Zantop.  Surviving are 1 sister, Anita (Owen) Kelly of Burlington, MI; 2 brothers, Duane (Louise) Zantop of Ypsilanti, MI and Lloyd (Glenna) Zantop of Belleville; numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends at Gorsline-Runciman Co. East Chapel, East Lansing on Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, 10 am at the Okemos Community Church, 4734 North Okemos Road, Okemos, MI with the Rev. Charles D. Grauer, Senior Pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermontville, MI.


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11/01/16 01:23 AM #1    

Laurel Winkel (1968)

(from the November 1993 Chieftan Chatter, OHS Alumni Association)


Thelma Lamb made a large contribution to Okemos High School and the community of Okemos.  She retired in 1971 after 42 years in education, 23 of which were at Okemos High School.  She taught social studies and English at Okemos, and then served as the Guidance Director.  Some of you might have worked with her on the yearbook, the plays, the Helping Hands Project in the Appalachians, the Honor Society, or as a class officer.  She reminisced about the class trips to Wahington, D.C.  It was said that she outguided the guide.  Mrs. Baker, a class of '52 alumnus said, "She was my favorite teacher.  I went on the trip to Washington with her and she made it so interesting because of her knowledge."  Gordy Piper, who was a '52 graduate, credited her for keeping him in school as he was ready to quit after his freshman year (the 16 year old law was not in effect) and Mrs. Lamb called him in during the summer to encourage him.  Mrs. Lamb continuously served the community through her many civic activities.  One of these projects was a part of her dedication to Friends for Historic Meridian.  Through her research, she wrote a book entitled, Chief Okemos.

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