May 3, 1918 ~ May 25, 2022

Born in: St. Matthews, South Carolina
Resided in: Plano, Texas

Margaret Cook Lambert Ravey passed away on May 25, 2022 at the age of 104! She
was the wife of Col. Bill Ravey (deceased 2017) of Bryan and previously wedded to Col.
Floyd Lambert ’38 (deceased 1990) of College Station. As a member of the Greatest
Generation, Margaret served during WWII at the Pentagon as a stenographer, during
which time both former husbands served in the Army Air Corps (Air Force).

Margaret was born in Orangeburg County, South Carolina but lived variously in Georgia,
Virginia, Germany, France, Montana and Oklahoma. But her favorite was always Texas.
She loved travel, including trips to Israel, Italy, Asia, Singapore, Switzerland and South
America–even taking a trip down the Amazon river.

Margaret was active with the Brazos Valley Shriners and Chapter 378 of National
Sojourners, comprised of former U.S. military veterans. She was an avid Texas A&M
sports fan and could be seen (and heard loudly) at many football, baseball, and women’s
basketball and volleyball events. In her youth, she played and coached women’s
basketball. As an avid fan of nature, Margaret loved feeding her backyard “red birds” and
box turtles. Margaret was an enthusiastic gardener and served as President of the A&M
Garden Club, and as a generous philanthropist, she supported the A&M 12th Man
Foundation, President’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and the George Bush Library.

Margaret will be remembered by family and friends for her faith and courage in defeating
the scourge of cancer in her life, and for her tireless work with the American Cancer
Society–voluntarily assisting with the emotional rehabilitation of many fellow breast
cancer survivors. She was a long time member of the Two-By-Two Sunday School Class
at First United Methodist Church of Bryan, the Celebration Choir and the Caring ministry.

Margaret is survived by her son Richard Lambert (s. Mary Ellen), daughters Martie
Russell (s. Denny Lindeman), Ilene Dillon, granddaughters Katie Russell, Liz Schroeder
(s. Warren), Nicolette Gamache, grandson Jon Lambert (s. Anne), and five great

The family extends our eternal gratitude to Rick and Linda Ravey of Bryan and Argrine
Howard of Plano for their loving support of Margaret over the years.

A joyful Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, June 11, 2022, at
First United Methodist Church of Bryan.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:
The First United Methodist Church of Bryan (
Texas A&M Foundation (
The American Cancer Society (


Celebration of Life Tribute: June 11, 2022 2:00 pm

First United Methodist Church - Bryan
506 East 28th Street
Bryan, Texas 77803



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    • Margaret was such a blessing as she came in to Dad’s life when he was so lonely following Mom’s passing. They were great companions and travel buddies whirling off all around the country and abroad. They were constantly on a trip to somewhere. I’m convinced that both their lives were greatly extended by just being together. As Margaret and Dad grew older Linda and I began “chaperoning” them on trips which were surprisingly fun. We have great memories as a result; Margaret holds a special place in our hearts.

  1. I’m so glad I had an opportunity to be with you, Mom, right at the end of your life. You’ve been my Mom for 76 years! Thanks for everything you did for me. As a step-mom myself, I know it’s not always easy!
    Something I’ve noticed all of us “kids” got from you is our appreciation for animals and nature–and gardening! Gardening has now been passed down (through me) to my three children and at least one grandchild. What a pleasure. Your work in the garden left me feeling like growing things could be easy—and that means “green thumb”! God speed you to the next part of your soul’s journey. Love, Ilene

  2. Mom Margaret was a true Southern belle. She always looked beautiful and was as sweet as Texas sweet tea. I admired her for her courage while fighting cancer, willingness to travel anywhere, and her strong faith. I enjoyed listening to her tell her stories as her southern accent just made them magical. She is the only person I’ve know that has lived passed 100 years of age. She will be missed but she has left such great memories.

  3. It was an honor to have you as my Grandmother, and as a Great Grandmother to my children. I know you will be deeply missed as you were truly loved.

  4. Margaret was such a caring and special person. Our times in Big Bear were always fun and I will cherish them. Her strength to overcome adversity in her life is admirable. Her credo truly was love God and love thy neighbor. Much love to Margaret and her family.

  5. Margaret without a doubt was a Southern Belle!
    I will never forget how much joy she brought to us and her family over the 4th of July at our cabin. She was always dressed in patriotic clothing, and because of Margaret we too had to follow suit with matching t-shirts, a gift from her for each of us for our annual photo shoot! We will miss her beautiful being, and her positive outlook on life. God gave her to us for all 104 years. She’s now once again singing “I’ll be loving you always”, one of her favorite songs. Love, Bobbie and Jim

  6. It was at the “Glory Of Christmas” Show when I had the priviledge to meet Margaret with the rest of the family. From that day forward, whenever I saw her, she always had that sparkle in her eye! She was so sweet and made the effort to connect with my own family and all who got to know her. Our boys loved Grandma Margaret too! We had so many good times together during the 4th of July in Big Bear, where she enjoyed singing, eating, and celebrating! I admire her for her love of life and love for chocolate! She dedicated her life to her family and helping others. God’s Blessing and Love to the Family….
    (Tina, Geoff, CJ, Jimmy, and Thomas)

  7. When I was around 13, Liz and I spent a week with her and Floyd, traveling from California to Texas. We stopped at the grand canyon and Sequoia national park too!

    I wasn’t expecting to discover that Margaret (and Floyd for that matter) had such a great sense of humor, even a little naughty at times. They were a lot of fun! The other thing that I remember was bonding with Margaret over helpful household hints. I had started to keep a notebook of ideas, such as using lemon juice and baking soda to clean a countertop, tips on how to get grease stains out of a cotton shirt, that type of stuff. And, she was an Encyclopedia of such matters, and helped me fill my little notebook with quite a few, some of which I even use today!
    My other favorite memory is when Liz and I raided her vintage clothes closet and played dress up, and got her and Floyd to dress up silly and we even put lipstick on Floyd! That was a hoot!

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