Frances Mae Chamberlain, age 85, of Brazil, died at 12:35 a.m. Thursday, November 17, 2005 at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
She was born June 27, 1920 in Parke County, Indiana, as the daughter of Clarence and Artie Mitchel Thomas. She graduated from Van Buren High School. She married Earl Chamberlain November 4, 1939, in Brazil, IN. He preceded her in death in 1986.
In addition to caring for her family, she worked at the Windbreaker factory and Grants Department Store. She is a member of McKinley Hill Church of Christ and enjoyed participation in many church activities. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, gardening and quilting. She was active in the Lena Good Neighbors Club, spent 65 years with the Van Buren Home Ec Club, was a leader of 4-H, and she was a charter member of the Van Buren Twp. Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Wayne L. Thomas; one sister, Thelma M. Thomas; son-in-law David Aker, and infant grandson, Kelly Lee Chamberlain.
She is survived by two sons, Raymond and wife Char Chamberlain, Ronald and wife Vickie Chamberlain all of Brazil; one daughter, Rozanne Aker of Harmony; one brother, Everett L. Thomas of Prescott, Arizona; six grandchildren, Jeff and wife Teri Chamberlain, Brad and wife Jenni Chamberlain, Mark and wife Pam Chamberlain and Lisa and husband Fred Metz all of Brazil, Lori Chamberlain of Wilmore, Kentucky and Tricia and husband Aaron Garrett of Greenwood, Indiana; great-grandchildren Keenan, Devon, Haley, Heath, Hannah and Eli Chamberlain, Jessica Metz, Sam and Will Garrett along with several nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Moore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor Rick Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to McKinley Hill Church of Christ or the Friendly Benwood Community Christian Youth Camp. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.moore-funeral-homes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.