Patricia A. Lambrow, community volunteer and president and co-founder of a residential interior design firm, died of cancer Friday at her Annapolis home. She was 45.
"She was just loved by a lot of people and she really saw the good in everybody," said her husband, Nicholas Lambrow, a regional president for M&T; Bank. "She had a lot of friends. And she loved the arts, all of the arts."
Born Patricia Anderson in Baltimore, she graduated from Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn and from Loyola College.
After working for MCI and the state, Mrs. Lambrow decided to stay home and raise her two children -- daughter Courtney, 16, and son Andrew, 13 -- but remained an active volunteer.
She was on the board of the Fishing Creek Farm Homeowners Association, participated in the Junior League and directed the St. Mary's Elementary School after-school program.
She also frequently accompanied her husband at community events associated with his job as a bank executive.
After a few years of admiring the decorating touch of each other's home, Mrs. Lambrow and close friend Patricia Bertrand started a home interior design firm in 2000.
"This was her passion," Mr. Lambrow said of his wife, who was known to her friends as Patti.
The design firm is called Clayton Marcel -- Clayton is the middle name of Mrs. Lambrow's father and Marcel is the first name of Mrs. Bertrand's grandfather.
"We loved using things that were part of the families' heritage," Mrs. Bertrand said. "We mixed cultures. We liked to think outside the box."
Mrs. Bertrand said she and Mrs. Lambrow focused primarily on caring for their families and enjoyed keeping a largely part-time work schedule.
"We loved our work, and many times we felt like we were playing, just having fun" when thinking up design ideas, Mrs. Bertrand said. She said she would continue the business.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Road, Annapolis.
In addition to her husband and children, Mrs. Lambrow is survived by her parents, Clyde and Pat Anderson of Pasadena; a sister, Karen O'Bryon of Pasadena; and a brother, Christopher Anderson of Princess Anne.