We mourn the passing of Maria L. “Lewie” Lamberton, who died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on July 30, 2015, at the age of 92.
She was a naturally happy person who loved life, laughter and people. She often said she’d had a beautiful life and if given a choice, would have it go on forever. She was deeply grateful to Dr. Hubbard and the marvelous doctors and staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center who saved her life in 2007.
Lewie’s priorities were her family: her husband, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She made her home in Wilmington in 1984 to see more of her cousins and because of her family’s historic ties to the city.
Lewie was born April 12, 1923, in Philadelphia to John Leeds Barroll and Mary Hargrove Bellamy Barroll and was a great-granddaughter of John Dillard Bellamy, who built the Bellamy Mansion. She spent memorable childhood years in Southern France and Wilmington before returning to Philadelphia, where she made her debut at the Colonial Dames House in the 1942-1943 season.
She then joined the Women’s Army Air Corps in the midst of WWII and served in Texas from 1944 to 1945. A mutual friend at the Navy League in Philadelphia introduced her to Ian K. Lamberton and they were married in 1949. For the next seven years the couple lived in the Territory of Hawaii where her four children were born. Lewie adored Hawaii and was the force behind many family gatherings at the islands in later life.
From 1957 to 1977, Lewie adapted to the chill of Connecticut, raised her children in Darien, Connecticut and thereafter lived in Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia until the couple moved to Wilmington. She was a summer resident of Cape May, New Jersey, for more than 50 years.
Over these years, Lewie was involved in many churches and other charities and had a special interest in Planned Parenthood. She was a member of the New Hanover Society of the Colonial Dames of America and served as chairman for six years.
Lewie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Ian K. Lamberton, in November 2014 and by her sisters, Mary Hargrove Rogers and Marguerite Bellamy Hunsiker, in the early 1980s.
She is survived by her children, Ian K. Lamberton Jr. (and his wife Ines), of Tacoma, Washington, Anna L. Whelpley, of Wilmington, Maria L. Morrow (and her husband Robert), of Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania and Rolland H. Lamberton, of Wilmington; grandchildren, Mary Bellamy Whelpley, of Wilmington, Maria L. Lamberton, of Ithaca, New York, John K. Lamberton, of Los Angeles, Robert H. Morrow IV, of Columbia, South Carolina, Ian L. Morrow, of Los Angeles and Anna L. Morrow, of Philadelphia; brothers, John Leeds Barroll, of Washington, D.C. and Lawrence Lewis Barroll, of Savannah, Georgia; and 16 nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at Saint James Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends at the church immediately after the service. Interment will be private and occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable gift to Saint James Episcopal Church or The Good Shepherd Center.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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