Rev. Dorothy H. Chamberlain

April 2, 1922November 16, 2012

Rev. Dorothy Helen Chamberlain age 90 of Waynesburg died Friday, November 16, 2012 and went home to be with Jesus.

She was born April 2, 1922 in Carmichaels, a daughter of the late Glady and Alice Shroyer Ewart.

She was a 1940 graduate of Carmichaels High School. On April 12, 1940 she married Edward Chamberlain, who died in November of 1979.

Mrs. Chamberlain served for 40 years in evangelism and music ministry with the Church of the Nazarene. She was also an Ordained Elder of the Church of the Nazarene. She was known for her keen sense of humor and her impersonations of Minnie Pearl.

Surviving are a son, Rev. Donald E. Chamberlain of Butler; a daughter, Janet Cole Carmichaels; 4 grandchildren, Helen McMahan of Bradford, Donna Zimmerman of Somerset, Corrie Austin and Carl Cole both of Carmichaels; 5 great-grandchildren, Donald McMahan, Johnny McMahan, Brittany Harrell, Cameron Miller, and Aiden Dillard.

Deceased is a great-grandson, Brandon Miller.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Behm Funeral Homes Inc., 1477 Jefferson. Additional visitation will be held from 10 am. until the hour of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the First Church of the Nazarene 115 Deerfield Lane, Waynesburg, with Rev. John M. Poling officiating. Burial will follow at Greene County Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries at .


  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, November 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rev. Dorothy H. Chamberlain

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Beatrice Miller

December 1, 2012

My heart is with you and am so sorry for your loss.

Steve & Mary Egidio

December 1, 2012

Sister Dorothy, or as my children called her, Grandma Dorothy, was and will always be a special part of our family. The first time I met Sister Dorothy and Brother Ed was at the Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene in Edinboro, PA. I was a student at the university in Edinboro and was attending the Hillcrest church. I was not raised in the Nazarene church and "revival meetings" had not been in my life experience to that point. And quite frankly, I did not know what to make of this lady preacher, who played the piano, sang, acted crazy and preached. But God used her in my life. The only night I could go to the services during that weekend was the night she told the story of her life -- using her unique brand of humor. What a story of redemption and love, in the midst of some of the worst circumstances imaginable. Years later, when I was a pastor, we had her come to our church two different times for weekend services and both times God blessed her ministry. Her legacy is that she allowed God to use her broken life to bring other broken people to a saving and sanctified knowledge of Jesus Christ. I have no doubt that right now she's shouting, walking the aisles, and waving that hanky in the throne room as she rejoices in the presence of the One who made her whole!!

Blessings to our good friend Don Chamberlain and his family.

Scott Chamberland

November 25, 2012

Rest in Peace

November 22, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss my friends. Loved her and her wit of humor. Just another reminder of God's true Words, "It is appointed unto man once to die." ~We'll all be going that way if the good Lord tarries. ~Chuck & Nancy Coyle (Burgaw, NC)

Rhoudy & Connie Dixon

November 20, 2012

Rev. Chamberlain was a part of our lives for so many years as a loving friend and fellow minister. We are rejoicing that she has met face to face with her precious Jesus. We are sorry that we cannot be present to share with her family and friends, but know it will be a joyful time, as she would have wanted it to be. We must sorrowfully say good-bye to this wonderful, Godly woman, but are rejoicing that she has fought the good fight and won the prize...Jesus! Her light will shine in our lives until we meet again. Know that we are praying for all of you.

Bill Stanley

November 19, 2012

I was so saddened to hear of Rev. Chamberlin's passing. My family were members of the Canonsburg church. I was about 10 when i first encountered the Chamberlin's. I was captivated by their music and her enthusiasm. In hindsight, how brilliant she was in using humor and her unique personality to deliver such a serious message. My mother is now 89, in a nursing home, and really doesn't speak very much. When i visited her on sunday and mentioned Rev. Chamberlin's passing, we had more conversation remembering her than we have had in a year or more. Remembering the times we hosted her at our house for lunch after church still brought a smile to her face.. Your mother is still ministering, even, now. Heaven is a brighter, (and livlier) place with her there. God bless your family at this time. Bill Stanley

Dan and Pam Woods

November 18, 2012

Our memories of Dorothy are wonderful ones. She lead me back to the Lord in July of 2001 when I re-dedicated my life to Christ, in the basement of the Free Methodist church of Carmichaels. She played the piano like no one I have ever heard. She was a a brillant lady and loved people. I remember visiting her in Rolling Meadows when her mind was not as keen and she could not remember us, but she remembered how to play those hymns for the residents and she played beautifully. Heaven gained Dorothy with a new body and she is with her Lord whom she loved so dearly. Easter was her favorite time, I remember her just in such deep thought and love about how much God loved her to come here as Jesus, how he lived, how he died, and he was resurrected for her and all of his creation. She was a remarkable woman. We were blessed to have gotten to be a small part of her life. The Lord give you His Peace that only He can give. The Lord Bless you all..