Obituary: Doris Mae Chambers
Beloved grandmother, longtime teacher, Claremonter
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Doris Mae Chambers, a beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, who departed from this world on April 28,” her family shared. “Doris lived a life of love, grace, and compassion, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her.
She was born June 5, 1931, in Everett, Washington to the late James and Bertha Baldwin. She was later adopted and raised by her aunt and uncle, Margaret and Walfred Johnson. “From an early age, she displayed a genuine kindness, sense of humor, and unwavering determination that would define her character throughout her life,” her family added. “She possessed a warm-hearted nature drew people near, making her a cherished member of her community.”
She moved to Claremont in 1964, where she was an active community member for over almost 60 years.
She grew up in Everett, graduating from Everett High School where she lettered in field hockey. Throughout her life, she demonstrated a profound dedication to helping others. She pursued a career as a teacher, earning her Bachelor of Arts in education at Seattle Pacific University, then her Master of Arts in education at Colorado State University, Greeley. She taught kindergarten and first grade for more than 40 years, the majority at Kellogg School in Pomona. Her passion for teaching and care for her students resulted in a lasting impact on the lives she touched.
Outside of her professional life, she was a loving mother to her children, Elizabeth and Jonathan. “She instilled in them the values of love, integrity, and resilience, which they carry with them to this day,” her family continued. “Her nurturing spirit and unwavering support created a loving and secure home, filled with laughter, joy, and cherished memories.”
She had an adventurous soul and enjoyed exploring the world around her. A world traveler, over the years she journeyed to every continent, at one point estimating that she had been to more than 70 countries. She had a deep appreciation for nature and loved flowers and plants, knowing the names of most that she encountered. Her love for the arts was evident in her passion for music, theater, and the multitude of paintings she collected.
“Doris will be remembered for her unwavering faith, which guided her through life’s joys and challenges,” her family said. She was an active member of Claremont Presbyterian Church since moving to Claremont in 1964, serving as a deacon for several years. “Her faith provided her with strength and comfort, and she generously shared that strength with others, providing a beacon of hope and encouragement.”
“Doris leaves behind a legacy of love that will forever be cherished by her children, Jonathan and Elizabeth, her granddaughters Riley and Morgan, son-in-law Michael, extended family, and countless friends,” her family said. “Though she has left this earthly plane, her spirit will live on through the memories she created and the lives she touched. As we bid farewell to Doris, let us celebrate her life, remembering the light she brought into our lives and the compassion she showed to all. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory inspire us to live with the same kindness, love, and grace that she exemplified.”
She has been laid to rest in the memorial wall at Claremont Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in her honor to the American Stroke Association at stroke.org/en.