Mary Chambers

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Mary Louise Chambers, nee Deese, 89, of Greenville, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born July 16, 1931, in Atmore, AL, died Friday, September 25, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Chambers was the former owner and operator of Discount Fabrics in Belleville. She was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister until her illness.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Claude C. Chambers, two daughters, Betty Hunter and Claudette Chambers; a son, Claude (Sonny) Chambers Jr.; her parents, Willie and Earnesttine, nee Shephard, Deese; and two brothers, Robert and Janez Hawthrone.

She leaves to forever cherish her loving memories and embrace her legacy, a son, Keith Chambers;
four daughters, Maggie Bufford, Debbie Bland, Barbara (Jarvis) Robinson, and Margaret Moore;
22 grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren;
a sister, Pearlene Appling; a brother, Donald Ray (Lillian) Hawthrone;
eight godchildren;
a host of nieces and nephews;
and other relatives and friends.

“Sweet Rest At Last”

God saw the road was getting rough,The hills were hard to climb 
He gently closed those Loving eyes and
Whispered “Peace be Thine” 
The weary hours, The days of pain 
The sleepless nights are passed.
The ever-patient worn-out 
Frame has found sweet rest 
At Last….

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A graveside service will be at 12 noon Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Wayne Weiler officiating.


15 Comments on Mary Chambers

Jim Prindable said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2021 at 2:56 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. She was an incredible mother. Whenever I would go and visit Keith she always treating me like family. She will be missed dearly. Jim and Pam Prindable

  • O'fallon
  • IL
Michael Evans said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2020 at 5:20 PM

My prayers and thoughts go out to all of her family. I met her years ago. I was a friend to two of her children. Mrs. Chambers always welcomed me into her home, as if I was one of her own. She had a beautiful grace about her, a true spirit. I am sure our Lord Jesus Christ is happy to have her home.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Barry & Barbara Baldridge said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2020 at 7:12 PM

We met Mary several times when she was living with Margaret. Mary is a true gem - sweet and strong-willed. Our condolences to her entire family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
margie schwartz said : Guest Report Oct 03, 2020 at 10:23 AM

I met Mary at Cathedral Grade School. We volunteered together in the cafeteria as parents. She was a friend from the first day. We would see each other over the years and I would always feel blessed to see her beautiful smile. Although a few years have past, I would enjoy saying hello when I saw her sitting in the front pew at Cathedral. Mary always made me feel treasured as a friend; I hope I made her feel the same.

  • belleville
  • il
Janet Metzger said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2020 at 8:47 PM

My deepest sympathy to your family. I remember your mom as always being so kind to all the students and teachers at Franklin School. I know she will be greatly missed by all of you. May all your wonderful memories help with your sadness now.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Phyllis Ernst (Kern) said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Mary was an amazing woman who was like family for many years. She and my mother were great friends and I benefited from their wonderful friendship and their passion for sewing (and visiting). When I married my husband's family lived behind Mary and our connections increased. She was a wonderful business woman who had a heart as big as her smile. She was such a blessing to all she met. In recent years I lost touch, but she was never far from my thoughts and often in my prayers. She will be missed and my sympathies for you, her family, are great. We have all been blessed by your wonderful mother. Thank you for sharing. You will remain in my prayers. With deepest sympathy, Phyllis Ernst (nee KERN)

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cynthia Vaughn said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2020 at 12:58 PM

I became acquainted with Mary through Cathedral parish shortly before she moved to Greenville. She was a lovely lady and so wise. I was enriched by knowing her. May God bless Mary and comfort the hearts of her loved ones!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Earline Ferrell said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2020 at 12:50 PM

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family. Mary will be truly missed, but never forgotten. Love you all.

  • Alorton
  • Illinois
Roger Engler said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2020 at 11:47 AM

I remember her as so kind and loving. I was in school with Claudette for grade school and High School with Claude. I was always welcomed at your home. My deepest sympathy to you all and many fond memories forever.

  • MO
Arlene Pelak said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2020 at 9:47 AM

What a very special lady! I bought many many yards of fabric from her for clothes and craft projects. I most probably still have some of the lace she sold me at Bridal Originals. Mary always had a big smile and wonderful stories and most of all, never knew a stranger. May you Rest In Peace! P. S. The angels may need some new robes❤️

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Sharon Crater said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2020 at 7:48 AM

Maggie..I worked as transcriptionist with you at the residency program. My condolences to you and your family. You are in my prayers.

  • Maryville
  • IL
Diana Borger-Savoia said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2020 at 10:48 PM

Dear Chambers family, I'm so sorry to hear of your sweet mamas passing. She was a dear trust worthy person..I bought many yards of fabric from her little shop...went there for many years..and she loved to she me as I did her. You were blessed to have such a beautiful person raise all of you...I've know her since she worked at Bridal Orignal...God Bless each and everyone of you? hugs and prayers and most of all love ....Diana

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Bob & Barb Grodzicki said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2020 at 7:27 PM

Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Bob & Barb Grodzicki

  • Troy
  • Illinois
Rebecca Stafford said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2020 at 7:11 PM

My Deepest Sympathy on your lost. Saying Prayers for you and your families.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Mosir said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2020 at 6:23 PM

Thoughts and prayers to the family in their loss. Maggie I will keep you and yours in my thoughts during these difficult times. God Bless

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois

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