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Bettyelna (Waite) Chamberlain

Born: Fri., Jan. 25, 1929
Died: Sat., Jan. 7, 2017


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Jan. 13, 2017
Location: Caneadea United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 13, 2017
Location: Caneadea United Methodist Church

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Houghton – Bettyelna Chamberlain of 9876 Luckey Drive went to be with the Lord on January 7, 2017 at the Absolut at Houghton Nursing Home. She was born on January 25, 1929, in Alexander, a daughter of the late Arlon and Ethel Underwood Waite. In April of 1951, she married Wilbur Page Chamberlain who predeceased her in August of 1998. 


Betty was a member of the Caneadea United Methodist Church for many years and retired as a kindergarten teacher from Fillmore Central School in 1984 after 20 years of service.


Betty enjoyed attending church, reading, sewing, needlework, baking, talents she lovingly shared with her granddaughters, and was very fond of her special pets. 


Surviving are her children, Gary (Jackie) Chamberlain of Sandusky, Lynn (Carla) Chamberlain of Fillmore, Laurie Chamberlain of Brooksville, Florida, nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two brothers-in-law, Bob (Donna) Herget of Arcade,  Hugh Chamberlain of Warsaw, four sisters-in-law, Ellen Waite of Williamsburg, VA, Virginia Chamberlain of Oneida, Linda Chamberlain of Brockport, Helen Mahoney of Florida and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband and parents she is predeceased by a son, Bruce Chamberlain, and grandson, Justin Chamberlain, in May of 1999. She also lost many loved ones to ALS including her mother, her sister, Joyce “Joy” Herget, a brother, Arlon “Artie” Waite, as well as three nieces and a nephew.


Family and friends may gather from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Caneadea United Methodist Church where a funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Larry Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Belfast  


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: the ALS Foundation, Upstate NY Chapter, 135 Old Cove Road, Suite 213, Liverpool, NY 13090 or Caneadea United Methodist Church, PO Box 625, Caneadea, NY   14717.

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Diane Emmons
   Posted Sat January 07, 2017
I regret that I will not be able to attend the visitation for Mrs. Chamberlain. Although I didn't know her well I have heard about her love for her students at Fillmore School. My closest contact with Mrs. Chamberlain came when I taught her granddaughter and grandson at Belfast Central. Audra, you have a very special place in my memory. May God comfort all of your family at this sad time.

Diane Emmons

Karla Brown Marsh
   Posted Sat January 07, 2017
I'm so sorry. My thoughts are with her family during this sad time.

Richard/Lee Yanda
   Posted Sun January 08, 2017
So sorry to hear of Betty's passing. We have many fond memories of her and one in particular: Betty went to Ralph (the Elementary Principal) and asked him to "get with the times" and allow the female elementary teachers to wear pants. He said that pant suits were ok, but after about a year of that, "anything goes" became the dress code.

We really enjoyed working with her and socializing with her.

Our prayers go out to the family and friends that will dearly miss her.

Jennifer Morgan
   Posted Sun January 08, 2017
I am so sorry to see Aunt Betty go, but thankful for the relief from her pain. She was a very special person in my life and I will truly miss our visits. She always had a smile and was so very interesting to spend time with. May God comfort you with His presence through this difficult time.

Dawn Bentley
   Posted Mon January 09, 2017
Always known to me as Mrs. Chamberlain. I remember her fondly, she was was kindergarten teacher and Alice Yanda was her aide. Loved them both.

Hal Alderman
   Posted Mon January 09, 2017
Gary, Lynn, Laurie,
So sorry to hear about your mom. i'm sure she will be missed by many.

Richard Rudolph, 414 Akron Rd., Akron, NY 14001
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017
So sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was a dear cousin, and I remember many happy times playing together when we were children. I was hoping to come to her funeral but it didn't work out for me. I would love to give my condolences to her dear family, even though I did not know any of her children personally. I do remember her brother-in-law, Bob Herget and sister-in-law, Ellen Waite. I'm 91 and doing well but was unable to attend her funeral - my sympathy to all her loved one. God Bless.

Deb McQueen Quinn
   Posted Mon January 23, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Although I did not know her, we have mutual friends who shared her ALS connection. We are also " Underwood" family and have ALS too. Feel free to connect with me. Prayers for your families.

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