Jane O. Lamb (1925-2012)

My mom passed away today. 

I’m sad.

In addition to rides on her back, Mom gave me many things, a sense of humor, a value for asking questions, but most significantly, she gave me a love for the Bible.  I have vivid memories of three ways she passed on her deep appreciation for Scripture.

When my brothers and I were young, before going to bed she would read to us from John Maxwell’s classic 10 volume retelling of the Bible, The Bible Story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bible_Story).

When my brothers and I fought (those rare occasions), she made us copy word-for-word the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13, Paul’s chapter on love.  OK, so perhaps this practice didn’t contribute to my love for Scripture, but it explains why I prefer the gospels to the epistles.

When we were older, Mom would have us we’d read the Bible after dinner and discuss it as a family.  When I was young people would say I looked like my mom.  I hope people can now see her love for Scripture in me.

Mom had Alzheimer’s.  (This picture of Dad and Mom was taken at InterVarsity’s Campus-by-the-Sea on Catalina Island.)  Dad has been caring for her for the past 10 years or so, visiting her twice daily since she moved into a care facility five years ago.  Dad loved mom.  In a few weeks, they would have celebrated 53 years together.

Goodbye mom.  Enjoy being with Jesus.  I miss you.





  1. Your description brings tears to my eyes. I have been reading your blog for some time now and , even though I did not know your mom, it sounds like she was a wonderful Godly woman and mother. May the God of peace fill you with peace as you and your family deal with the grief of her loss. May we all look forward together to that time when we will all stand reunited before the throne of God, in His presence forever. In the meantime, your mom will hold a place for you.

  2. Dave,
    I am so sorry for your loss.

    This blog is beautiful and a great way to engage in the mourning process. I pray that your family will all be able to engage in the mourning process together in a way that is bonding for all of you and glorifying to God.

    I also pray that your mom’s legacy is something that is evident as all of you spend the rest of your lives following Jesus.

    May your time of mourning be rich, followed by a lifetime of fond memories of her that always bring a smile to your faces.


  3. Dave,
    I’m sorry to hear this 😦 Thank you for sharing about your dear Mom. I pray that Jesus will be very present with you and your family during this time. I’m thankful to know your Mom is now with Him…and free from all suffering!

    Cindy Lees

  4. I am so sorry. I will keep you and the rest of the family in my prayer. Thanks for sharing beautiful memories and pictures.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear. But it’s a beautiful remembrance you’ve written. May these wonderful memories sustain you until you and your mother meet again.

  6. Dave,

    I’m sorry for your loss – I’m sure it is hard to imagine life without her. What you wrote about her – sharing her legacy – was wonderful, and what a tribute. It definitely is something to live up to! Praying for you and your family as you grieve and re-adjust to life without her presence.

  7. Hey Dave,
    Just read about your Mom’s passing on Rich’s Facebook post. Both you guys wrote great tributes. I am glad I knew her. I am even more glad that my life was blessed through knowing, living with, and partnering in the gospel with both her sons. I am a part of her legacy and I am grateful. I celebrate her life and influence with you. And, yes, I definitely see her love for the Bible in you! (I still have one of my first Bibles I got after becoming a Christian at Stanford through your Mom from the American Bible Society!).

  8. Dave, don’t lose heart God gives and God takes away and all things work together for good. Hang in there.

  9. Just read your lovely tribute to your Mom, Dave. As an almost-relative, I’ll be thinking of you all as you gather for an important commemoration. Hope many great memories will be shared..(laughter is allowed,too). Good to share a little time with you this summer. Blessings.

  10. Dear Dr. Lamb: Thank you so much for this beautiful post and also the wonderful follow-up post. Your transparency as well as your love for your mom has the aroma of Christ and is therefore a powerful agent for healing for all those who have suffered loss. We are praying for you Dr. Lamb!

  11. Dave, have never met you nor your family, and yet all I can think of those are wonderful words for your Mom. If it is of any comfort to you think of the many years of her life she granted your father and you. Charles

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