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Grace Chamberlain


Grace Chamberlain was born near Shelby, Nebraska on December 10, 1927 and passed away at Clarke County Hospital on October 19, 2019 at the age of 91. She was the daughter of Henry and Bess (Oesterreicher) Chase. She received her education in Star School near Shelby and at Union Hill School near Rising City, Nebraska and graduated from Rising City High School in 1944. She graduated from the National Business Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska and attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa.

She moved to Iowa with her parents in 1947, and worked at Bankers Life Insurance Company in Des Moines until her marriage to Francis Chamberlain on December 14, 1947. They resided on a farm near Osceola until 1951 when they came to the present home near Hopeville, Iowa.

Grace was baptized in the United Brethren Church at Shelby, Nebraska and became a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola, Iowa where she taught Sunday School for many years. She later became a member of the Hopeville United Methodist Church and served as treasurer for a number of years.

Grace was a ‘farm wife’ for 40 years before starting a cleaning business in 1985, working for many people and businesses in Clarke County. She kept this up for over 30 years, until at age 88 her health made it impossible to continue. She was an active member of the Clarke County Democrats and served on the election board for many years.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter Carol Ann Chamberlain; grandson Heath Pennington; sister Eva (Paul) Beeman and sister-in-law Evelyn (Al) Todden.

She is survived by two daughters, Jeanne (Randy) Gaumer of Murray, Rebecca (Rusty) Pennington of Lucas; five sons Steven (Mary) of Lorimor, Robert (Kathy) of Cleveland, Oklahoma, John (Barbara) of Alpine, New York, Mark of Murray, Jim (Julie) of Murray; grandchildren Lyn Schutt, Candra Brooks, Kari Chamberlain, Robb Gaumer, Elissa Rance, Jimmy Way, Davey Way, Emma Morley, Galen Morley, Mark Chamberlain, Dustin Chamberlain, Michael Chamberlain, Jeremy Chamberlain and Dianna Rhoades; 32 great-grandchildren; brother Billie (Alice) Chase of Story City and many nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

A memorial and visitation will be held on Friday, October 25 from 10 am to 12 pm at the First Christian Church in Osceola with a luncheon to follow. Memorials may be directed to the family to be determined at a later date. A private interment will be held at Union Chapel Cemetery in Osceola.

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