Obituary of Betty Chamberlain
Betty Mae Chamberlain, a woman dedicated to her family and faith, passed away peacefully with her children at her bedside on Wednesday morning, June 20, 2018. She was 85 years old. Betty was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Scottish immigrants, Charles and Mary Brook. Her Scottish ancestry was something that Betty was extremely proud of. She would visit Scotland several times over her lifetime to reconnect with her heritage and have a greater appreciation of her family’s roots.
Betty grew up in Saugus and was a graduate of Saugus High School. After high school, she went to work in the Saugus School Department. She rose to the secretary to the Superintendent of Schools. After the birth of her first child, Betty chose to place her family’s needs first and to became a full time Mum. Her family eventually settled in Burlington in 1974. Her family would continue to grow to 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. They were her greatest joy. She was a very active member and volunteer at the Burlington Presbyterian Church. She went back to work after her children were in school. She worked in the office of Value House and Service Merchandise stores. She also worked as a driver for preschool children. When her children were growing up, summers were spent at Point Sebago Resort in Maine. It was a great place for her family to enjoy the summer. There were endless activities for them all. To keep busy, Betty worked part time at the resort’s general store. It was a great way to see everyone in the resort as they came through the store.
Betty and her husband Jack loved to travel. When the children were younger, there were family trips around the Northeastern US and Canada. When they were on their own, the trips became more adventurous and elaborate. Along with Scotland, they travelled all over Europe. The made it a point to schedule their German trip around the Passion Play, which only occurs once every 10 years. She also went on cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, and road trips across the East Coast of the United States. John and Betty’s retirement years were spent in New Port Richey, Florida. She found a new home to profess her faith at Trinity Presbyterian Church. She met friends from the church, volunteered in the office, and loved being part of the church community. She became a member of the Red Hat Society and dived right into the fun and comradery of the group. She also had her friends from her condominium association, "e;The Lunch Bunch” whom she regularly went out to eat with. Betty also enjoyed needle point and quilting as a form of entertainment. There are countless family heirlooms that she crafted that will always remind her family of her love for them. After the passing of her beloved Jack and her own health concerns, in January of 2017 it was time to return to Massachusetts to be closer to all her family. She was blessed to have had the last year of her life close to children, in-laws, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Betty was the beloved wife of 60 years of the late John J. Chamberlain, Jr. She was the loving mother and mother-in-law of Carol House & her husband Paul of Madison, AL; John & his wife June of Greenfield, Linda of Fitchburg; Mark & his wife Therese of Framingham; Craig & his wife Mary Ellen of Reading. She was the proud grandmother of Steven & Michael House, Crystal Carlson, Michael, Daniel, Sean, and Olivia Chamberlain and great grandmother of Owen, Aubree, Evan and Claire.
Funeral services will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (exit 34 off Rt. 128/95, Woburn side) on Saturday, June 23 at noon. Visiting hours Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to the Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St., Burlington, MA 01803
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050