Martha Jean Chambers
Martha Jean Chambers, age 92, of McClelland, Iowa, passed away peacefully March 20, 2019, in Denver, Colo., with family at her side.
Martha was born March 21, 1927, in Council Bluffs. Following her mother's death in 1930, she was brought up with steadfast devotion from her two older sisters.
She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, in Council Bluffs, in 1945. From there, she enrolled in Jennie Edmundson School of Nursing, under a WWII era United States Army grant. She completed nurses' training in 1949 and spent the following year working in Jennie Edmundson Hospital's Obstetrics Department.
On March 9, 1950, she married Arthur John Chambers, her loving husband of 63 years, with whom she was blessed to have three children.
Martha was an active partner in managing the farm on which she and her husband built a successful career raising crops and hogs, among other livestock. She enjoyed tending her garden and the many stray cats that were warmly welcomed and cared for on her farm.
She was deeply involved in the missions of Mount Hope United Methodist Church and served as a district officer for the national organization United Methodist Women.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband after their retirement.
In 2014, following her husband's death, she moved to Denver, Colo. to be close to other family members.
Martha is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur John Chambers; father, Aubrey Dorland; mother, Harriet Buchanan Dorland; step-mother, Lena Tyler Dorland; and siblings, Arthur Dorland, Lois Miller and Irene Zita.
She is survived by her children, Wanda Coleman (Jeff Coleman), Fred Chambers (Jo Chambers) and Phillip Chambers (Laurie Cahill); grandchildren, Chris Chambers, Erin Coleman and Conor Coleman.
Memorial contributions can be made to Mount Hope United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
A memorial gathering and visitation, to be held at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, Iowa, will be announced at a later date.