Claire Elaine Lambert, 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in Portland. She was born in Framingham, Mass., the daughter of George and Mildred Foster.
Claire grew up in Bar Harbor and was a 1942 graduate of Bar Harbor High School. While there, she was a member of the National Honor Society and was chosen class president her senior year. She was involved in many activities such as playing the bass drum in the band, and participating in many school plays. She received the Lyman Scholarship upon graduation. After high school, Claire studied nursing at Westbrook Junior College, leaving after only one year to return home to help care for her siblings.
On June 19, 1943, Claire married the love of her life, George R. Lambert Jr., in Fort Jackson, S.C., where he was serving in the U.S. Army. Together they made their home in Bar Harbor for 68 years. Through the years they enjoyed square dancing with many trips to Nova Scotia. They built their camp on Long Pond, entertaining many family and friends over the years. Later in life, they enjoyed packing the car and exploring Maine’s Coastal Route 1, as well as visiting with family.
Claire worked at the Bar Harbor Times as a proofreader for three years. She worked as a substitute librarian at the Jesup Memorial Library on and off in the 1950s and became head librarian in 1965. While there, she started the Jesup Series and the annual Book Fair, which at one time was one of the most profitable in the state. Claire influenced many people while she worked at the library; she was loved and respected by all. She retired from the library in 1989. After her retirement, Claire worked part time at her sister-in-law’s gift shop and continued to volunteer at the library.
Claire was very active in the community. She was regent for the Daughters of Isabella in 1964, President of the Bar Harbor Women’s Literary Club for three years, president of the Mount Desert Island Hospital Auxillary, president of the Small Public Library Association and president of the Maine Library Association.
Claire’s greatest passion was reading. A literary omnivore, she enjoyed murder mysteries, historical romance and nonfiction. Claire was an avid owl collector. Her house and camp were filled with owls of all shapes and sizes. An owl blanket made by her namesake granddaughter, Claire, was her most recent favorite.
Claire was predeceased by her parents; husband, Georgia R. Lambert Jr.; brothers, Richard Foster and Donald Foster; and sister, Jean Adams.
Claire is survived by her children; George R. Lambert III and wife, Nancy, of Bar Harbor, Jeffery F. Lambert and wife, Denise, of Spokane, Wash., Melissa S. Anderson of Cape Elizabeth and Leslie J. Lambert of Stonington; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Due to the time of year, a memorial service and celebrations of Claire’s life will be held in Bar Harbor in the spring.