Virginia Lee Lambright

Virginia Lee Lambright, age 88, of Kansas City Missouri, died July 03 at Claridge Court in Prairie Village, KS. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Robert Lambright, by just three short days.

Virginia was born Virginia Lee Carmitchel in Kansas City, Kansas,on November 27, 1934. She was the eldest of eight children born to Harry E. and Rose E. Carmitchel of Kansas City, KS. She was preceded in death by three of her siblings; Linda Justus (Prairie Village, KS), Scott Carmitchel (OP, KS) and Robert Carmitchel (OP, KS). Virginia is survived by four siblings; Barbara Campbell (Sydney, Australia),Bonnie Jones (OP, KS), Kathy Colombo (Kansas City, MO) and Harry Carmitchel (Palm Beach, FL).

The Carmitchels lived in various locations as a family including Kansas City, KS, Effingham, KS , Topeka KS.and Kansas City MO. Virginia was a graduate of Southwest High School, KCMO in 1952. She attended college at Stephens College, Columbia, MO in the 1950’s and eventually completed her Bachelors Degree at UMKC in KCMO in the late 1970’s while completing the raising of her children.She obtained a Master’s Degree while living in Europe.

Virginia was married to James Owen (Belton MO) in KCMO, 1956 and they had five children, Rebecca, Keith, Melanie, Timothy and Gregory. Virginia was preceded in death by Rebecca (Roeber)and Melanie (Audley), and is survived by Keith, Timothy and Gregory Owen, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

Virginia was married to Robert Lambright in 1975. From prevous marriges they had eight children together.They settled in Brookside, KCMO to continue the raising of Virginia’s children. In 1980 Robert (Bob) reenlisted in the Armed Forces and they were staioned in Spain and Germany for the next 11 years in which they both served their country as well as travelled extensively throughout Europe.

Virginia and Bob settled back in KCMO in the early 90’s and enjoyed a full and happy retirement. They travelled extensively throughout the world and kept busy with family,friends and world travel..

Virgina loved music and was a professionally trained and excellent piano player from a very early age and had extensively taught piano lessons in support of raising her five children. She was passionate about world history and had become an expert world traveller. She became a very active and important member of SPARK (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge) in Kansas City, MO.where she helped with class organizations and in the raising of funds for SPARK. She was rightfully proud of her many accomplishments there.

Virginia loved her entire family and was actively involved in their lives. She loved family get-togethers most of all and was always up for them. Mother, daughter, wife, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, she will be greatly missed by all of us.

A joint service for both Virginia and Robert will be held at St John’s United Methodist where they had been active members, 6900 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO on August 12, 2023. A visitation will be held at 11:30 AM.


  1. Amber Flander on August 8, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Bob and Virginia were just the sweetest people. I am blessed to have been able to care for them both at that time in life. You all are very special people. I will carry their memories with me for a lifetime.

  2. Diane McLennan Felt on September 5, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    I am so saddened to know that both Bob and Virginia passed within days of each other. Virginia was my Mom’s first cousin. Virginia’s father, Harry Carmitchel, and Mom Betty’s mother, Roberta Carmitchel Vale were siblings.

    As children, we enjoyed time with Virginia and her children. One summer they came to our farm in Iowa for a visit that included such fun over July 4 including fireworks and a wagon ride. I recall visits to Kansas City to gather with our extended Carmitchel family. Later on, we enjoyed getting acquainted with Bob. He was such a kind man. I will never forget Virginia’s talent for music.

    My thoughts and prayers to their children, grandchildren, and siblings. If any of my Carmitchel family is able to read this note, I would enjoy being in touch with you. I am heartbroken at the number of family members who have passed since I last saw Carmitchel family in 2005 in Kansas City.

    Diane McLennan Felt

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