Rita J. Chamberlain
September 10, 1924 – November 10, 2019
AUGUSTA - Rita J. Chamberlain, 95, passed away on November 10, 2019. She was born in Augusta on September 10, 1924, the daughter of George and Ida (Dostie) Marchildon.
Rita graduated from Cony High School in 1943 where she lettered in several sports. After graduation, she joined the United States Navy as a Wave and was stationed in Washington D.C. as a secretary at the Pentagon during World War II. After her discharge, she returned to Augusta, Maine and worked for the N.E. Telephone Company as a telephone operator for a total of 26 years.
Rita married Richard Chamberlain on June 1, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in Augusta, Maine. They moved to Waterville, Maine and raised their family. Rita loved gardening, watching sports, playing cards with her family and friends and traveling the world with her husband Rick. Rita and her husband wintered in Port Charlotte, Florida for 10 years, and spent many summers at "the camp" on Webber Pond in Vassalboro. Rita was known for her generosity and helpful ways with family and friends, but she will mostly be remembered for being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Rita was predeceased by her parents, her husband Richard Chamberlain of 60 years, a daughter Sally Ann Chamberlain, sister Juliette Fortin,and brother Robert Marchildon.
Rita is survived by her two loving children, Diane Chamberlain Pooler and her husband Paul of Vassalboro, and Paul R. Chamberlain and wife Nancy of South Portland; her brother, Donald Marchildon and his wife Louise of Manchester; five grandchildren, Kimberly Browne, Jennifer Winslow, Jayson Pooler, Matthew Chamberlain, and Peter Chamberlain; her six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at The Sunset Home, Maine General and Togus Springs Hospice Center for their love and care of Rita.
At the request of the family, there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 25 at 11 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Augusta Maine. A burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Corpus Christi Parish, 70 Pleasant Street Waterville Maine 04901.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 25, 2019
Rita J. Chamberlain
November 22, 2019
Diane & Paul, so sorry to hear of your Mom passing away. I am glad to have seen her this fall at your home as we exchanged vegetables. I can still remember her at St. Bridget's as she passed by from receiving communion, always reaching out to pat my hand or shoulder. Her grand smile and affection was always contagious.
I will miss seeing her at St. John's. May she rest in peace.
November 12, 2019
Great Gammy was a wonderful fun loving lady who liked her margaritas but could never remember Alex’s name even though him and Mackenzie dated 6 years lol. She always had a smile on her face and was a joy to be around! You will be remembered and missed by all who knew you. I know you have finally found your peace❤️😘
Sherry and Alex Berard