Claudette Marie Kamm, 87, ran into the arms of Jesus on November 8, 2022, surrounded by her family. She was born July 17, 1935, to Claude and Elnora Clements. Claudette was a 1954 graduate of St. John’s Academy. After graduating high school, she met and fell in love with her one true love, Ernest Kamm. They were married August 6, 1955. They had three children together, Vickie, Judy and Ernest J.
Claudette held various jobs throughout her lifetime. She was a secretary for Link-Belt, managed The Plantation House restaurant in Zionsville, and worked for Western Electric. While working at Western Electric her job was transferred out of state and she was given the opportunity to move, however she declined the offer, as her most precious career of all was being present for her children and grandchildren. She could never have imagined moving somewhere where she would ever miss a moment with her family. Claudette later returned to the work force in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital East, where she was able to bring joy to families in their times of need.
Claudette was truly one of a kind. Anyone who ever met her instantly fell in love with her personality. She loved to laugh. She found joy in every situation she ever encountered. She loved to dance, especially with her husband Ernie. She loved to kiss Ernie any chance she got, and always made comments about his soft lips (even when the rest of the family would be blushing, she’d still go on about those lips!).
Claudette loved her family deeply. She beamed with pride over her children and their spouses, and becoming Mamaw was her life’s greatest honor. Mamaw was the epitome of a loving grandmother. There was never a day that went by where she didn’t say “I love you” to her family. As long as she was able, she never missed an event where her grandchildren participated; if she was unable to attend, she wanted videos, photos and hours of storytelling so she felt like she was there for it all. Her arms and home were always open to her family, and her love held the family up during many difficult times. She prayed lovingly for each member of the family and was the sounding board whenever someone needed to talk. There was never a day that went past where she wasn’t a best friend to someone in her family. Her generosity of love, faith, true companionship and laughter can never be matched.
The family knows that the moment she stepped into heaven and Jesus grabbed her hand, Ernie was right beside Him ready to give her a kiss with those heavenly lips. Because being Mamaw was her greatest privilege, we know that she also is loving being able to finally rock and sing to her two grandchildren that were born in Jesus’ arms, Anthony and Grace.
Left to carry on the legacy of joy and love Claudette created are her children, Vickie, Judy, Steve, Ernest J., and Lora. Forever telling all of the funny and amazing stories of their Mamaw are her grandchildren Andrea, Jonathan, Terri, Kammeron, Erin, Christianne, Robin, Abbigale, Noah and Chadd. And the great-grandchildren who will never not hear of the love their Mamaw Lamb had for them, and will always know about “Mairzy Doats”, Caleb, Everly, Henry, Alexander and Maverick. And her siblings, who hold the stories from the beginning of time, Judy Charlene, Jeannette and John.
The family would like to thank the staff of Westminster Village North for sharing countless stories of how much our matriarch meant to all of you. So many of you hold a special place in our hearts forever. And to Community Hospice, your kindness cannot be matched.