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Lila Lambert Carloni
  • Place of birth:
    Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 3, 2014
Whenever we awaken beauty, we are helping to make God present to the world.

Lila Lambert Carloni passed away on July 3, 2014. She was a Scarsdale resident for over 50 years until moving to South Salem NY in 2006. She was born on Lovers Lane in Greenfield, Massachusetts and grew up on Maple View Farm on Eden Trail with her parents Albert and  Eleanor Lambert and 6 siblings. She graduated at 16 and went on to receive a scholarship from Vesper George School of Art in Boston MA.. There she met and married her former husband Armando R. Carloni (Mando) where they lived in New York City (Manhattan) before moving to Bronxville, then Scarsdale, NY.

During Lila and Mando's early years with their young family, they enjoyed summers in Rockport MA., home to the famous "Motif Number 1". It was an inspiration for them as Artists and a place by the sea, that was loved by them, their children and their friends. She is survived by her sister A. Jean Lambert, her son Vincent A. Carloni, daughters Mona Antilla Carloni and Carol Speirs, sons-in-law Douglas William Speirs and Scott Antilla and grandchildren Alexander Carloni, Kati Carloni, Vincent Carloni, Mara and Rayna Antilla. 

Her professional career began in Hartford Connecticut working for G. Fox & Co. department store, then to NYC. She was an accomplished Fashion Illustrator. Her work appeared in Vogue, McCalls, Peck & Peck, Best & Company, Lord & Taylor and others. Her Christmas shadow boxes and painted eggs appeared in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue. In the 60's Lila and Mando owned an Art Gallery "Gallery One" on Popham Road in Scarsdale NY for a time. Later she worked as an independent Interior Designer and Floral Designer for weddings and events. 

She was an active member of St. James the Less Church in Scarsdale. Her deep faith and unwavering love for the church gave her constant strength during her very full life. She formed many close bonds of friendship there that still exist today. She was truly blessed to have them in her life. 

She will be remembered as an elegant, talented woman with an amazing sense of style and vibrant spirit. Keep her in your hearts and prayers until we all meet again. 

A memorial service and internment in Greenfield, MA will be planned for September. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Nancy roth on 3rd July 2016

"I so often quote beautiful  Lila's wise advice to me when I add a bouquet to my food items at the farmers' market or grocery store:
"If you have 2 dollars, spent one dollar on bread -- and the other on flowers!"

Prices have gone up, but I still follow that life-giving advice and think of her!"

This tribute was added by Nancy Barba on 3rd July 2015

"A year ago after hearing the news of my dear friend, Lila, I was driving home after storm when I stopped to take a photograph of the spectacular sky. The clouds were thick and hundred shades of grays and blues, and in the center was a clearing Woodlite pouring through. It wasn't until I got home and looked and photograph again and I noticed the shape of a letter C in the center of it all! It was so fitting that dear Lila who taught us all to love and appreciate beauty, God and the hereafter spirit world would go out with a dazzling sky and show us her mark, lit up by radiant rays of sun. I'm reminded of Lila at many turns of the day and relish her presence and gifts to me of life-long love.

This Monday marks fifty years since my own mother's death. Lila was there shortly after to show me love and care - moments I cherish to this day.

May God's love be with you, and us, always."

This tribute was added by Carol Carloni Speirs on 30th September 2014

"I want to convey my sincerest condolences to the children of Mrs Carloni the beautiful lady I wish I had known better and longer, in particular to my good friend Carol whose efforts, affection and dedication towards her mother were very touching. May God keep  Lila's soul amongst His chosen.

Ana Maria Recouso"

This tribute was added by Thomason Newcomb on 4th September 2014

"It was my great pleasure to know Lila.  In addition to seeing her at church at St. James the Less, I visited her and brought her Communion when she couldn't get to church.  Her house was charming, our confersations were always interesting sometimes included surprises. Her charm and very special style were unique, and we shared a bond in our faith and love of God."

This tribute was added by Nancy roth on 10th August 2014

"Lila once said to me, "If you have $2 to spend, spend a dollar on flowers, then a dollar on food."  She lived the beauty that her advice represented.   Although we have moved away from the dead end street where she lived, we will miss her, nevertheless.  Bob and I send our prayers and sympathy to Mona, Carol, and Vincent."

This tribute was added by Alison Pinsley on 8th August 2014

"The Williams Family grew up down the block from the Carloni's.  I have known them since I was a little girl.  The Lee Road house sat at the end of a dead end street, and the stairs going down the hill beside it led to Hyatt Field where we often played.   Mona and I were friends who lost touch until we were in the Scarsdale High School.  The last time I saw Mona, I was at White Plains Hospital out-patient department, and she had come in about an appointment for Mona.  We didn't keep in touch after that.  My condolences to the Carloni family.  

Alison Williams Pinsley"

This tribute was added by Nancy Barba on 19th July 2014

"What a wonderful obit.  Missing my dear friend, Lila.  She was so filled with talent, love and life."

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Mona Carloni
Carol Carloni Speirs
Vincent Carloni


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