Mary “Betty” Elizabeth Chamberlain, 89, passed away February 18, 2020 in Charlevoix. Betty was born the pampered daughter of Charles M. and Clara M. (Berry) Horne on August 31, 1930 in Rochester, New Hampshire. Despite the Depression, she had wonderful memories at the family home in East Rochester, N.H. and helping at the family’s business, The Hillcroft Inn (n/k/a The York Harbor Inn), in York Harbor, Maine. In the Fall of 1948, her parents gave their blessing for her to marry Sherman “Bud” A. Chamberlain with the provision that he “support her in the manner in which she was accustomed to”. And that he did!
In 1949, they were blessed with a daughter, Gail and soon to follow was a son, Sherman. In 1956, Bud and Betty left their beloved New Hampshire so Bud could begin his long and noted career with General Motors. Betty as very active in the PTA at Cresentwood Elementary School in Warren, MI. along with the Brownies, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. When the family moved to Grosse Pointe Woods, she became active in the Eastern Star, the Red Cross and playing golf at the Burning Tree County Club. She never let her husband forget she was the only family member to get a hole-in-one. Bud and Betty moved to Charlevoix in 2001 to be closer to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She attended the Ironton Congregational Church.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, lovingly called Buddy Boo Boo, her brothers Joseph and Charles Horne, brother-in-law George Chamberlain, her parents and her husband’s parents, George S. and Anna Davenport Chamberlain. She is survived by her two children, Gail (Harold) Ann Fredrickson of Chetek, WI. and Sherman A, Chamberlain, Jr. of Charlevoix, MI., six grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ted) Miller. Gregory Scott Fredrickson, Charles (Kathy) Fredrickson, Nathan Chamberlain, Joshua (Maegan) Chamberlain and Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga and her husband, Ovidiu along with 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will be honoring Betty, and all mothers, at the Mother’s Day service on May 10, 2020 at the Ironton Congregational Church at 11:00 AM. Please contribute your time and blessings to organizations that promote motherhood.
The family would like to thank Dr. Brown and Dr. Newcomb for their sincere care, the physical therapists at Charlevoix Area Hospital, the staff at American House in Charlevoix, the staff at Advisacare and Hospice of Michigan for their loving care of our mother. Anyone she talked to at American House would be greeted by her saying, “Boy, I like your shoes and that smile of yours is tremendous and your face is so beautiful. I wish I had it”. She will join her husband in Forest Grove Cemetery in Village of Lebanon, York County, Maine.
Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of the Mortensen Funeral Homes. Sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.