Beloved and devoted teacher Mildred Watson Chamberlain of San Diego, California, returned home to her Lord and Savior on Oct. 16, 2016.
Born June 26, 1925, she was the daughter of the late George and Rettie Lamberth of Gloucester, Virginia. She graduated from Botetourt High School in 1942 and received her Bachelor of Science from Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
While working at AT&T in New York, Millie met and married Lt. Harry Kenneth Chamberlain, a Navy pilot. After their marriage in 1952 the couple was sent to duty stations around the country. Their son Harry was born in 1957. Later that year, Ken was killed when his jet crashed on night maneuvers at Point Mugu Naval Air Station near Ventura, California.
Millie went back to college to obtain her teaching credentials from San Diego State. She remained a devoted and beloved teacher in San Diego public schools for the next three decades. She taught all levels from grades K to 5, including reading and literacy skills to special needs children, and classes for gifted students. She received her Master’s in Education from Pepperdine University, retiring as a classroom teacher and assistant principal. Millie loved to travel, returning often to see family,
Left to cherish her memories are son, Harry (an attorney) and his wife Sarah (a Veterans Administration physician) of Sacramento, California; her sister, Agnes Hogge of Gloucester; nieces and nephews, Sherrie E. Oliva of Williamsburg, R. Scott Edwards of 29 Palms, California, Edwin L. Hogge and wife Teresa, Debbie H. Williams and husband Cliff of Gloucester, Bruce C. Edwards and wife Norma Jean of White Stone, Jill E. Creacy and husband Steve of Memphis, Tennessee; numerous great-nieces and -nephews; “adopted family” members, Nancy Knight Acevedo and husband Ray of San Diego, and many teachers, students and parents with whom she continued to correspond.
She was predeceased by her husband, Lt. Ken Chamberlain, USN; sisters, Margaret Lamberth and Virginia Williams-Edwards.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, by Pastor Rita Staul. A reception will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her honor to Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, Va. 23061, or the American Cancer Society.