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Irma Chambers



Irma Jane Williams Chambers passed away on October 29, 2013 at the Columbia Basin Care Facility in The Dalles, Oregon at 92 years of age.

She was born May 16, 1921 to Alonzo and Lillian Williams in Sumner County, London Township in Kansas.

Irma was united in marriage with Allen "Russ" Chambers on April 25, 1942 and resided in Wichita, Kansas. On September 14, 1949, Terrell Chambers was born. Then they moved to Phoenix, Arizona, Spokane, Washington and then finally to Goldendale, Washington in 1959, where they both lived until their passing.

Irma held different jobs while residing in Goldendale. She worked as a bridge toll taker on the Sam Hill bridge when it first opened. Then she worked several years at the Martin Marietta Aluminum Plant, until retirement. She and Russ used to grow a very large garden that would feed several in the community.

Irma loved to hunt, fish and garden. She loved being with her grandkids and traveling occasionally. She was very involved in her community and at times the politics. For many years, she and her friend, Cathy Berry, would collect toys throughout the year and prepare them to give away to children every Christmas, through the police department. Usually there would be about 100-150 children receiving four to five toys each.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A.R. Chambers in 1992, her parents, and two sisters and a brother. She is survived by her son Terrell Chambers and daughter-in-law Linda Chambers of Goldendale; three granddaughters, Breeane Chambers of Goldendale, Meagan Chambers of Sacramento, California and Eryn Paul of Austin, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Zane and Claire Gilmore of Goldendale and Sean Shimado of Seattle; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial for her will be held on November 7, 2013 at the Community Grace Brethren Church at 2 p.m., with Pastor Greg Howell officiating. Flowers may be taken to the church. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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