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Kit Lambert, 97, of Ithaca, NY, died on July 5, 2020 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, while surrounded by her family. Kit was born in 1923 in Binghamton, NY. She is survived by her children, Victoria Boynton, Rebecca Norton, Ben Boynton Jr., and Elizabeth Thomas; four step children, John Lambert, Jim Lambert, Steve Lambert, and Sue Ault; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Blessed with a zest for life, a sense of humor, and a sparkling energy, Kit loved a good conversation, a fast drive in one of her many convertibles, a dry martini, and a cut-throat ping pong game.
Her lively curiosity and adventurous spirit led her to accept employment with Aramco in Saudi Arabia as a young woman, to adopt Cornell international students into our family, to live for a year in Switzerland with her children, to ski in the Rockies and the Alps, to winter in Australia, and vacation in the Caribbean. She was a horseback rider, an avid Master Gardener, an excellent chef and entertainer, and a joyful dancer. She liked Delbert McClinton enough to take two of her grandsons on a Delbert McClinton cruise to serve as dance partners. At her 90th birthday party, she danced every dance and sang “Young at Heart” with the band.
In the 1960s, Kit broke her leg skiing and—bored—invited some lively friends to talk; they launched Summer Ithaca, the beginnings of the Ithaca Festival and the Hangar Theater. She had a career in real estate and was the first woman appraiser in Tompkins County.
Kit and her first husband, Ben Boynton, father of her four children, moved to Ithaca in 1952. After their marriage ended, she and her excellent friend, Brud Dolph, spent time together with both sets of children. She married Jock Lambert in 1973 and enjoyed his company until his death in 2004. She moved to Kendal at Ithaca in her late 80s and has been a vibrant member of that community, as she has been everywhere she’s landed. She loved and was loved by her children, step-children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many friends.
She will be interred at Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve in Newfield, NY. Her children plan to have a memorial gathering after the pandemic. If you would like make a contribution in Kit’s memory, please consider Friends of Stewart Park, 120 Brindley Street, Suite 4, Ithaca, NY 14850, or online at https://www.friendsofstewartpark.org/getinvolved.
We only just heard of Kit's death. She will always be to us the smiling, lively, outspoken, gorgeous presence that filled the space with her terrific personality. We hav3 fond memories of her, Cran especially loved playing ping pong and tennis with Kit, his Godmother, and her many kindnesses to him.
Cran,Lizzie and Dylan Clark
Cran, lizzie and dylan clark Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM
Definitely Ithaca (and Kendal) won't be half as much fun without Kit! My mother (Ginny Laux) so enjoyed her friendship over many many years. Always dashing to the Country Club for something - bridge or bookclub or aerobics. And neighbours at Kendal in their 90s where late life was enhanced by Kit's love of music and dance and wine and ping pong and TALK.
Jeanne Laux Jul 26 2020 12:00 AM
I only knew Kit late in her life as she visited my store in the Community Corners for her jewelry needs. What a Firecracker! She was a wonderful witty conversationalist with a perspective on beauty that always delighted me. Now, I find out through her obit that she was the mom of my 4th grade sweetheart from Cayuga Heights Elementary School, Liz! Now I see the resemblance and where her daughter got her beauty. I only wish I had know, what fun Kit and I would have had with that! My condolences to all, knowing that we are all elevated from having known her and seeing what living life to its fullest, truly means.
Peter Lees Jul 15 2020 12:00 AM
I am so sorry to learn of Kit's passing. We knew each other from the Red Hat Ladies group. She was lovely, sweet and kind. I send my most sincere sympathy to you all at this sad time.
Gay Huddle Jul 13 2020 12:00 AM
Thank you, Kit, for all the good times with tennis, skiing, horses, paddle ball, "double dates" with Brud and Jock, lovely dinners at home and the delightful company of your children---Vicky, Becky, Ben and Lizzie.
David and Lee Donner Jul 9 2020 12:00 AM
I knew her forever - and always loved her lively, warm spirit. Art and I had so much fun with her when she joined us with my parents and cousin on a ski trip in France one year. Always ready for adventure, interested in others, and ready for a laugh. Our deepest condolences to Vicky, Becky, Liz, Buzz, and all who loved her. There were so many.
Beth Clark Goldsmith Jul 9 2020 12:00 AM
Oh Kit! I played bridge with her for years. She wanted to start riding again at 85 or 90 because her friend Bobbi Collyer rode, so she should too! Kit was just one of those people who exuded joy everywhere she went. I shall really miss "Kit sightings" when I would run into her in unusual places, getting a big hug. Dance on, my friend
Ellie O'Connor Jul 8 2020 12:00 AM
Aunt Kit was my favorite aunt growing up, though I only saw her a few times a year. I remember some of the trips we took from Port Dickinson to her home in Ithaca where we usually had a cookout where my dad and her would tell stories about growing up on Gregory Ave and the farm. I remember her and Jock attending my wedding in Long Island and dancing with her. God bless you Vicki, Becky, Buzz, Liz, John, Jim, Steve, and Sue during your loss.
Love, your cousin, Todd
Todd Gregory Jul 8 2020 12:00 AM
Ms Kit you make my night at Kendal when you called me Vanessa. Amazing woman you where going to truly miss you. Until we meet again
Virginia Kemp Jul 8 2020 12:00 AM
Kit was my sister-in-law. You could not be in her presence and not feel her infectious lust for life. I couldn't have asked for a better sister-in-law. I will miss you, Kit.
Fran Gregory Jul 8 2020 12:00 AM