Ouida ElJuanda Lamberson

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ElJuanda Lamberson was born on December 13, 1941 in Tahoka to Coy and Ouida Estelle Cathcart.  She was blessed with two brothers, the late Jaron Cathcart and Landel Cathcart, both of Mt. Pleasant, Texas.  She grew up and attended school in Tahoka.

She married Clifford Wayne “Sonny” Lamberson on July 19, 1958 and resided in Tahoka.  She was a homemaker and welcomed a baby girl, Sissy, in 1959.  Being a young mother, she still found time for dancing and “hoot-n-nannies” with
life long friends, Donna and “Tootie” Engle.  She later welcomed a son, Wayne, in 1961.  She treasured being a mom, but worked part time as a waitress.  In 1963, she delivered her third child, a girl, Sondra.  She would later welcome another son, Leroy, in 1965, then some years later her last baby girl in 1969, Deonna.

She worked as a school bus driver in Atlanta, Texas and later as a weaver for the American Cotton Growers in Littlefield, Texas. Her last career choice was to work side by side with her husband as a cotton farmer in Anton, Texas.

She was so excited when she became a granny at the young age of 32.  She gave many a hug to Toi, Jon, Kayla B., Amber, Kayla G., Brittany, Hunter and Nicole. She became a great-granny in 2005 to Kaden and then in 2007 to Hailey.  

She was most happy with her family at her side, whether it be sitting on Santa’s lap, pretending to be gun slinging cowboys, hunting Easter eggs or blowing out birthday candles.  She also loved the outdoors.  She enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking trails and horseback riding. 

She loved to sew and made many an outfit for her children and then later her grandchildren.  She made little coats,
small dresses, first baby blankets and her famous “designer” purses.  At the South Plains Fair you could find her
various talents on display where she won several first and second place ribbons. She had a passion for antiques and told her grandchildren she herself was an antique at the golden age of 50.

She endured many sorrows over the years; the loss of two sons and then her soul mate and best friend of 46 years to cancer in 2004.  Her own body was eventually overcome with one illness after another; however, through it all she kept her faith.  She put God first, her family second and on April 22 began her journey home.

Her survivors include her children, Sissy Sharp and husband, Mickel of Sudan; Sondra Keesee of Lubbock; Deonna Anderson and husband, Tod of Lubbock; 8 grandchildren, Toi, Jon, Kayla Brooke, Brittany, Hunter, Kayla Genice, Amber and Nicole; 2 great-grandchildren, Kaden and Hailey; brother Landel Cathcart and wife Sue of Mt. Pleasant; sister-in-law Suzie Cathcart, also of Mt. Pleasant; Jay Young of Lubbock and numerous nieces and nephews. 

ElJuanda is preceded in death by her loving husband, C. W. “Sonny” Lamberson; her sons Wayne Lamberson and Leroy Lamberson; her big brother, Coy Cathcart and her parents, Ouida and Coy Cathcart.


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