Doris Irene Chambers (Beaver) age 91 of Oskaloosa passed away Saturday March 5, 2022, surrounded by her family at Northern Mahaska Specialty Care in Oskaloosa, IA.
Doris was born in Harvey, Iowa on February 2nd, 1931, the daughter of Clyde and Rosa Mae Beaver. Doris lived and attended school in Harvey, Iowa. On Novembers 20th 1948, she married the love of her life Edward Chambers, Jr. To his union, two children were born Shirley Ann Drury and William Edward Chambers. They resided in Knoxville, IA and later moved to Tracy, IA. Doris was a waitress for many restaurants in the Knoxville, IA area. She worked for Lynn’s in Oskaloosa, IA. Doris cleaned homes and businesses for many years, along with providing in home care for the elderly. She was a hard worker for many years of her life.
Doris always had great love for her family and friends. She cherished and prayed for each one of them. Doris was a loving Christian woman. Her smile would brighten anyone’s day. Doris enjoyed cooking and baking for others. Some of her specialties were her homemade buns, chicken and noodles, pies, cookies, and beautifully decorated cakes. She was always willing to teach others how to cook, but most of the time she left out one of the most important things… the measurements! Over the years we have figured out how much a pinch or a dash was to her, but we will never be as good of a cook as she was. Doris always had a pot of coffee ready to serve with her homemade goodies to all her family and friends. When Doris wasn’t entertaining, she enjoyed reading her Bible, Amish books, magazines, cookbooks, putting puzzles together, playing the board game “Sorry” on the back porch as her and Papa watched the cars drive by, getting bargains at all the garage sales, and cutting out recipes and rewriting all the recipes she wanted to try over and over again. Doris loved flowers. Roses were her favorite, especially red roses. She always said she wanted to receive them while she was still alive so she could enjoy the fragrance. Her wishes were granted. Over the years, she always had fresh cut flowers both at home and in the nursing home.
Doris enjoyed traveling both in her younger years and as she aged. She enjoyed taking trips in the dune buggy with her grandchildren. Other favorites of Doris were camping in Yellowstone National Park, monthly trips to St. Louis, MO, a trip to the Ozarks, multiple trips to Alaska with her and Jr’s best friends, along with endless road trips to her grandchildren’s events.
Doris’s life was spent following and loving Jesus Christ. She attended both Pentecostal churches in Knoxville, IA and Oskaloosa, IA for over 60 years. She loved the Lord and God’s house. Her goal in life was to see the pearly gates and to walk through the streets of gold only to be joined by all her family and friends. We know she is looking down on us today as we celebrate her wonderful life.
Doris is survived by her children Shirley Ann Drury of St. Louis, MO and William (Bill) Edward Chambers of Bussey, IA; five grandchildren: Eric Clanton, Kelly (Mark) Bruxvoort, Darren Drury (Zhi Ye), Krystal (Michael Beal) Chambers and Rosella (J.R.) Draughn: 10 great-grandchildren: Lance, Emma, Isaac, Logan, Sophia, Gabe, Bella, Dalton, Ivy and Edward. Doris is also survived by Elizabeth Chambers of Oskaloosa, IA and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She is proceeded in death by her husband Edward Chambers, Jr., parents Clyde and Rosa Mae Beaver, brothers: Charles, Eugene, Ted, David, Paul Beaver, sisters: Delores Martin and Grace Poe. Son-in-law: Dale Drury and great-granddaughter Alexandria Harris.
Family will be greeting friends from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Winfield Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 9th with funeral service to follow. A private family burial at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville, IA to follow service with Pastor John Allard, and Pastor Adrian Wolfe officiating. A celebration of life will take place at a later date for all Doris’s family and friends in St. Louis, MO.