Colleen Marie Lamb (nee Thompson)

Passed 11/14/2023


Obituary For Colleen Marie Lamb (nee Thompson)

It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Colleen Marie Lamb (nee Thompson) on Nov 14, 2023. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Colleen was born on April 5, 1951. A beautiful, blue-eyed, blond haired baby with an angelic face. She was one of 13 children – a baker’s dozen. She was born in the middle of the pack, between most of the boys, so her caregiver role was destined right from the start.

The Thompson family did not have a lot of material possessions but what they did have was love and lots of it. The siblings looked after each other and shared what they could. The boys in particular were fearlessly protective of Colleen (or “Missy” as many of them called her).

Colleen left home at age 15 to work as a live-in nanny so that she could send money home for her younger brothers and sisters. Even from a young age, she always put her family first.

When she was 17, her life changed when she met a handsome country boy at the Mic Mac Club dance. They say opposites attract and that could not be more true. Dave Lamb was outgoing and loud where Colleen was more quiet and reserved. His good looks and unique sense of humor caught her attention and they dated and then married when Colleen turned 18.

They moved to Cow Bay and then to Lake Echo. They were very young newlyweds and both worked extremely hard to provide a good life and loving home for their two children, Michael and Heather. Colleen worked for several years at the Kmart in Dartmouth.

After a few years in Lake Echo, they moved to Fall River and built a beautiful home where they resided for 45 years.

Colleen resumed her caretaker role in Fall River by working as a nanny/housekeeper for 10 years.

After that, she worked at Cara Airport Food Operations/Gate Gourmet for 26 years in food preparation.

When she retired, she volunteered at The Beacon House sorting clothing donations. She made many wonderful, lifelong friendships.

When her mother, Margaret, became ill, Colleen took care of her. Taking Margaret to appointments and helping around the house. When Margaret became too ill to care for herself, Colleen opened her doors and took her mother in to live with her.

Colleen’s life revolved around family. She loved to talk on the phone with her siblings and her sisters-in-law. Giving advice and support or just being a listening ear. You could always find her in her rocking chair with her cup of tea and her Ipad. The house phone never ever stopped ringing.

She didn’t talk much about herself or her own struggles. She never wanted to burden anyone, especially her children, and when asked about herself, her favorite response was “never mind”. She preferred to focus on other people and helping them.

She courageously fought cancer three times. The first was bladder cancer 20 years ago, which most people did not know about. As always, she kept her pain to herself. Then lung cancer 5 years ago. She won that first battle with lung cancer but she was devastated to lose her beautiful long blond hair. Many people never saw her hair out of it’s usual bun style and didn’t know exactly how long and beautiful it was. When her hair finally grew back, she never put it up in a bun again.

When the lung cancer returned the second time and she was in the hospital for several months, so many friends and family visited her. So many in fact that the hospital finally had to put up a sign in her room that said “3 visitors at a time please”. But that was okay as Colleen had already stubbornly packed her bags and decided she was coming home to rest.

Colleen was most proud of her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

Braeden, Owen, Sara, Luke, Leah, Sophia and Harper – she loved to spend time with you and hear about your adventures – your school, your sports, your friends, your jobs and your activities.

Although she didn’t really understand the rules of hockey and sometimes rooted for the wrong team, she was the loudest cheerer at your games.

She would get teary at your singing/drama recitals and would keep clapping long after everyone else had stopped. If you heard the lone clapper and the “yeah!” at the end of your performance, you knew it was Grandma.

You all made her so proud.

Colleen spent much of her free time with her husband Dave. They enjoyed going for drives and walks together. They would bicker from time to time as most couples do but they shared a true and genuine love for each other. When she was ill, Dave took on the role of caregiver. It was a difficult role reversal for both of them, but Dave did an amazing job. We know how much she appreciated and loved him for that. He was the person she always called out for and she never wanted him to leave her side. They shared an incredible 55 years of love together.

Colleen’s family was so important to her. And she was so important to us. We were all better for knowing her and having felt her love.

Colleen’s favorite singer was Vince Gill. And her favorite song was “go rest high on that mountain”. The words could not be more true:

Mom – we love you. Go rest high on that mountain, your work on earth is done.

Colleen is survived by her loving husband, David Lamb

Children - Michael Lamb (Nicola Wood) and Heather Leonard (Steve)

Grandchildren – Braeden, Owen, Sara, Luke, Leah

Great grandchildren – Sophia, Harper

Colleen is also survived by her siblings (Elaine, Judy, Billy, David, Joseph, Cathy, Peggy) and her special sisters-in law (Kaye, Dorothy, Laura)

Colleen is predeceased by her parents (Margaret and Joseph Thompson), sister (Trina), brothers (Jack, Stephen, Robert, baby Daniel)

*A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Nov 26 (1-4pm) at the LWF Community Hall in Fall River, NS*

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  • 04/09/2024

    i met collen in january 1967 in moncton new-brunswick.She was as a nanny on carney ave. i wiil always keep a good souvenir of her. she was kind and calm .Always smiling For my birthday in 1967 she bought the rolling stones LP - BETWEEN THE BUTTONS . i still have a picture oh her dated march 24 ,1967. in the next few days following that she was going back to nova scotia. i am sure that you will be miss by your entourage REST IN PEACE COLLEEN Peace and love from the 60's guy lemoine

  • 11/27/2023

    Colleen was a beautiful human being her smile was contagious, a ray of sunshine. We have many fond memories of Colleen from years of socializing with her at many, many Superior Christmas parties. She'd light up a room with her cheery personality and her obvious upbeat, holiday spirit. Condolences to Dave, Mike, Heather, and family. May all of the wonderful, positive, memories of your loved one comfort and sustain you during this sad time. God bless.

  • 11/26/2023

    My thoughts are with you during this time of great loss.Hopefully you will find comfort in the wonderful memories that will stay with you always.

  • 11/23/2023

    Sincere condolences to Colleen's family during this sad time.......Cheryl Boutilier (from exercise class).

  • 11/23/2023

    Rest in peace Colleen. We will always remember her for her warm and welcoming personality. She will be greatly missed. Condolences to Dave, Mike, Heather, and family.

  • 11/23/2023

    Sincere condolences to Mike, Nicola and your family. I did not know your mother, but your tribute to her tells of a beautiful spirit. The great memories will live on. Rosemary Hasiuk

  • 11/22/2023

    Our sincere condolences to Dave and family. Don and Donna

  • 11/21/2023

    My condolences to Dave and family.

  • 11/21/2023

    To David & family, So sorry to read of Colleen's passing. Take comfort in the happy memories you've made together and the love and support of your wonderful family. Sincerely, Kathy [Smith] Norton

  • 11/21/2023

    Good bye my dear friend.

  • 11/20/2023

    A very beautiful tribute. So sorry to hear of Colleen's passing.

  • 11/19/2023

    I worked with Colleen at Cara too, she was a great lady to work with,Rest in peace Colleen

  • 11/18/2023

    Colleen was a wonderful lady and co-worker.Always smiling.

  • 11/18/2023

    I met Colleen many years ago, when the Thompson family moved to Lockeview Rd. She always had a beautiful smile and welcomed me into her home on many special occasions that I was honored to spend with her family. Rest in peace Colleen, say hi to your mom for me.

  • 11/18/2023

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady... We will always remember Aunt Colleen's smile, kindness, and hugs. She was a truly special person who we will miss always. Sending love to Uncle Dave, Mike, Heather and families xo

  • 11/18/2023

    So sorry to see a beautiful lady leave us😓. I worked with Colleen at Cara (we called her groovy,if you worked with her you know why.) Will miss her. Barb Peters

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