Lynette Jambon Duet
February 17, 1954 - March 11, 2021
Obituary for my oldest sister, taken from us far too soon by early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Here are the memories I submitted to help write the eulogy for the funeral:
A month after I was born, she turned 13. She instantly became a caretaker to me. They used to say that I had two mothers growing up, because Lynette held me so often that I started calling her “mom” too.
Saturday mornings were for mandated housework chores in our household, and I have a clear memory of reruns of “The Monkees” playing on TV as Lynette does the steam ironing.
She got married when I was 5, but we remained close. Even after Cookie was born, I remember it was a regular thing for me to sleep over at her house on Friday nights and we’d watch the Donny & Marie Osmond show. This would have been when I was 9 or 10 (1976-77). (I don’t remember Randy there, so I think we did this so she wouldn’t have to be alone on nights that Randy was offshore.)
When I was 11 in 1978 there was an epic trip to Walt Disney World. (Roxane thinks it might have been earlier.) In one van there was: Randy & Lynette (pregnant with Ryan?) & Chad and Clauodet & Roland & Jerrilyn, and Roxane & Joel and all their luggage. An exhausting trip to make but for me it was worth it to be in the Magic Kingdom. (Can’t remember exactly but Roxane thinks we slept on the floor in the hotel to save money.)
Of course the thing that springs to mind when I think of Lynette is her laughter. She was never a joke teller, but she was the best at laughing. When she got on a roll she would end up in tears of joy! And later in life she might exclaim afterward, “I peed on myself a little!”