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Robeson County Woman Endures Tragedy After Tragedy

Posted May 25, 2004

— Many people do not know how it feels to lose a family member.

A Robeson County woman is coping with the loss of two in the same week. A car crash killed her daughter, and her father died on his way home from the funeral.

Sherry Lambert, 37, has suffered before -- but finds ways to move on.

Like many people, Lambert saw others face tragedy and hoped it never would happen to her.

"When you hear something, you say you feel bad for them, and you'll be thinking: 'I hope that it never be me,'" Lambert said. "'God, please don't let that ever be me.'"

But, for Lambert, one tragedy has followed another.

She gave birth to a stillborn baby. Then, her husband of 15 years died at age 37. Now, two more losses: her daughter and her father.

Lambert's daughter, Nikita, was on her way to continuing education classes when she died in a car accident. Three days later, Lambert's father did not make it home from the funeral.

Apparently, he had a heart attack and died behind the wheel as he drove home.

"I was like: 'No, not my daughter and my daddy, too,'" Lambert said.

Despite all of the tragedy, Lambert has stayed strong. She credits her faith.

She has covered her house in Bible verses and prayers, painting passage after passage along the strips of siding.

She keeps the words close to her family -- the two things she has valued most.

Lambert has four other children. She says that right now, her focus is on them.

"There's nothing in the world that means more to me than my children or having a family," she said.

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