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Nevada County Picayune-Times - Prescott, AR
  • Obituary, Mary Chambers

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  • Mary Alice Freeman Chambers has gone home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Dec. 20, 2013. Her light and vitality will be missed by all who loved her and the many lives she touched along the way. Born Jan.14, 1927, Mary was a native of Arkadelphia, but she lived in many different places. Bill Chambers, the love of her life for 64 years, was in the service and during that time they had two tours in Japan, one in Guam, and were also stationed in California, Colorado, Wyoming, and Arkansas. Her caring nature made a difference in the lives of many wherever she lived. Her volunteering began while Bill was still in the service. She logged over 1,000 hours with the United States Air Force Family Services, working with spouses of the enlisted personnel. After retiring from the service, Mary and Bill returned to Arkadelphia in 1973, to make their home. Mary opened a ceramic shop on Hardin Street. After a while Mary moved their shop to West Pine Street where it remained in operation until 1986. The shop was closed, but Mary's heart was not. She shared her skills by teaching ceramics to patients in the nursing home. In addition to her business, Mary was very active in volunteering at Baptist Health Medical Center. She worked in the Gift Shop and was in charge of volunteers in the MRI unit. She had been president of the BHMCA Auxiliary three different times or a total of six years with over 7,000 hours of volunteer time. She also was in charge of the Candy Stripers (teen volunteers) where she had a positive effect on their young lives as well as coordinating the Red Cross blood drives. Mary also was very active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (OAR) where she served as Regent of the Arkadelphia Chapter two different times and held most other offices over the years. Delivering Meals on Wheels is yet another volunteer activity that Mary had been involved with for 18 years, once again showing the depth of her giving heart. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; sister, Lorene Jester; brother, Willie Freeman; and great-grandson, Anthony Mercer. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Grantham; son, Jim Chambers; granddaughters, Traci Leslie, Mitzi Chambers and Kelly Polson; her great-grandchildren, Carly, Zach, Cody, Jason, Stephanie, Autumn and Greyson; brother, Billy Freeman; and sisters, Thelma Dixon and Liz Guffey. There are many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention here that have felt Mary's love and generosity that will miss her as well. Services will be held at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 27, with visitation at the same location on Thursday, Dec. 26, from 6-8 p.m.

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