Bluette Elizabeth (Colburn) Lambert was born on July 17, 1941 to the late James Colburn and Anna- belle (Campbell) Colburn at Morrisania Hospital in Bronx, New York. Bluette had eight siblings in- cluding the late Theodore Colburn, the late James Colburn, the late John "Peewee" Colburn, Samuel Colburn, the late Ronald Colburn, the late Margo (Colburn) Mayes, and the late Lamont Colburn.
Her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law are the late Elise "Toots" Colburn, Florence Colburn, the late Naomi Colburn, Yvonne Colburn, and Bobby Mayes.
Bluette attended P.S. 61 Elementary School, Herman Ridder Junior High School, and Grace H. Dodge Career and Technical High School, where her love for sewing began. She went on to receive her high school diploma later in life from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, DC, after relocating her family from New York City to the Maryland area in 1977.
Bluette is the mother to seven children by the late John Lambert and the late Joseph James: Donna Marie Lambert, Anthony Sterling Lambert, Nina Louise (Lambert) Ellis, Sherri Margo (Lambert) Thomas, Yvette Hilda (James) Queen, Josette Anna (James) Paige, and Desiree Bluette James. Bluette adored her children and enjoyed spending time with them every opportunity she could get. Bluette was an incredible woman with such a quiet strength and grace. She also had a great sense of humor and her secret passion was to be a comedian. In addition to raising her seven children, Bluette was like a mother to so many others and would often open her door to anyone to give them a place to lay their head and a meal to eat. She was also a great listener, who would listen to someone talk for hours, not giving her opinion, but just lending her ear to let you know she cared about the things you cared about or was concerned about the things that concerned you.
Bluette was first and foremost a homemaker. Outside of the home, she worked for the Alexander Graham Bell Telephone Company, Walter Reed Hospital, and Howard University Hospital. She retired from Howard University Hospital upon being injured and having to have several back surger- ies. Bluette had several hobbies comprising of sewing, crocheting, reading, dancing, and cooking. Bluette's favorite musical group was the Temptations and her favorite solo gospel artist was Donnie
McClurkin. No one could top Bluette's famous potato salad; macaroni and cheese; macaroni and tuna salad; or collard greens. She certainly knew how to take leftover foods and create new and deli- cious meals from them, such as her famous goulash, which some of her grandchildren and great- grandchildren had the privilege of enjoying.
Bluette was the loving grandmother to June Marie Tillman, Dwayne Tillman Jr., Lorenzo Hall, III, (Dana Hall), Latoya Bowman-Lott (Bradie Lott), Julian Tillman (Melissa Tillman), Jennell James, Dawn Bellinger, Brian Bowman, Gabriel Bellinger (Ushara Bellinger), Antonio James, Jasmine Lambert, Jay Ellis II, Anthony Lambert Jr., Daniel Ellis, Dominique Young, Arielle Ellis, Destiny Queen, Desire Queen, Bianca Queen Sneed (Tarique Sneed), Trevor Queen, and Antonio Queen Jr. She was also the great-grandmother of Juwan Tillman, Kennedy Jacobs, Dwayne Tillman III, Iyana'Marie Tillman, Julian Tillman Jr, Imani Tillman, Asia Hall, Miah Hall, Ava Ellis, Amani Bowman, Lamar Dan-iels, Kamiya Forte, Brice Bowman, Brian Bowman Jr., Jamahl Bellinger, Isaiah Gore, Alayjah Sneed, Malik Sneed, Malikahi Sneed, Makari Sneed, Janiya Williams, Antonio Queen III, Deon Bellinger, Joshua Bellinger, Gabriel Bellinger, Kayden Paige, Kali Paige, Camryn Paige, Harmoni James, and Sincere James.
Affectionately known as Aunt Bubie, Bluette was the proud aunt to many nieces and nephews: Mar- lene Colburn, Debbie Colburn, Denise Colburn, Christine Colburn, Lisa Colburn, Robin Colburn Castro (Luis Castro), Amina Colburn, Dwayne Colburn, Terri Colburn, Spencer Colburn (Angela Colburn), Kim Mayes Lee (Darrell Lee), Darcel Colburn, Raul "Binky" Perry, Claudette Perry, Deene Perry, and Tisha Perry. Her niece the late Danielle Colburn and nephew the late Craig Perry preceded her in death. In addition, Bluette had many great nieces and nephews to whom she loved, and a goddaughter, Norma Jean Penn Satcher.
Bluette made a decision to follow Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and became a member of The First Baptist Church of Glenarden in 1990. She served faithfully in the Single-Parenting Ministry for many years and she was an assistant facilitator in the Turning Point Ministry, where she graduated a year prior. Bluette also enjoyed attending Revivals, Bible Study, taking Bible Institute (now The Institutes) classes, and even traveling to attend the Basic Life Principles Seminar.
Bluette will be missed sorely and leaves behind a host of family, including a daughter-in-law, Debbie Lambert, and three sons-in-law, Jay Ellis; Melvin Thomas; and Samuel Paige, whom she loved eating crabs with. Her son-in-law the late Antonio Queen preceded her in death.
Bluette was surrounded by great friends like Hattie Mae Smith, Renee Robinson, and others at the Friendship Arms Community, where she resided for the past eighteen years.
Bluette was married to the late Earl Davis for nearly three years.
Although Bluette is gone, we know "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
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