Originally Published: June 5, 2015 6 a.m.
Ardith Nadine (Nunn, Kleiss) Lambert Ardith N. Lambert, longtime resident of Prescott (1968-1991), passed away at the home of her youngest son, Lee Lambert, and his family on March 24, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona. Hospice of the Valley supervised the loving care she received
during the last three months of her life, before cancer took her from us.
Ardith Nadine was born June 9, 1928, the fifth of eight children to parents Jesse L. Nunn and Rachel K. (Lamm) Nunn, on the family farm by Pumpkin Creek, near Bridgeport, Nebraska. The later half of her pioneer childhood was spent growing up on the family ranch in Kremmling, Colorado, where the Nunn family is well known and respected in the community.
Upon High School graduation, the three-month trip she and her sister Doris took by Greyhound bus through the lower United States foretold of a life of traveling and love of adventure. Ardith spent most of her adult life living in Tuscola, Illinois and throughout Arizona.
Raised in a religious family she became a devoted member of the Baha'i faith in 1962, after being introduced to the faith by her sister Carol. She served the faith
throughout Arizona as a home front pioneer, moving to wherever there was a need. It was her faith, The Sacred writings, family and friends that gave her comfort and prepared her for what she called her "Bon Voyage."
As a loving mother, she enjoyed, and had tremendous pride in, her seven children, John Ronald (Margaret), Lande Steven (Pam), Jeffrey Jay (Laurie), Wayne Earl (Jan), Tammy Rose, Cynthia Ruby Brown (Jeff), Lee Joseph (Jennifer). Ardith was preceded in death by two loving husbands, Wilbur (Wib) John Kleiss in 1959 and Dr. Earl Joseph (Dr. Joe) Lambert in 1979.
Ardith's greatest joy was in her frequent conversations with extended family and close friends. She was blessed with curiosity and always enjoyed sharing a good joke, fresh ideas and knowledge. At every opportunity Grandma Ardie asked her 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, "What did you learn today? Tell me about it!" She loved hearing about your travels and any interesting stories you had to share. Of the few
material possessions she treasured was the large United States and World maps hanging in her home that she used to track where her family and friends were at any given moment.
Everyone who knew Ardith, whether they were family, friend, neighbor or stranger, will remember her forever with love and admiration.
Burial was in the Arizona Pioneer Cemetery on March 25, 2015 (Plot X5). A memorial service (Bon Voyage Party) is being planned for a future date.
Information provided by survivors.