Sylvia A. Chamberlin

Chamberlin, Sylvia A.Sylvia A. Chamberlin, 87, passed away on August 16, 2014 at McKinley Health Center, Brookville, PA.

Born January 15, 1927 in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Chesleigh L. and Vesta R. Lowry Davis, who died in childbirth.

She was raised by her step-mother, Mae LeBritton Davis. She graduated from Brookville High School where she met her husband, the late Rev. William Lee Chamberlin.

They married on December 31, 1947 in Hazen, PA. Together they bought and operated the family dairy farm in Munderf.

In 1969 Bill began full-time ministry with the United Methodist Church, with Sylvia being his faithful support in the ministry. They served the Luthersburg Charge, Coalport Charge, Clymer Charge, Meade Chapel and Port Barnett Churches, and Clarion River Charge until 2001.

Sylvia was a member of the Emerickville United Methodist Church. She was compassionate and caring, volunteering to help make the community a better place to live. She helped establish the local library in Coalport, volunteered with Salvation Army in Clymer, assisted in operating an after school ministry for many years and opened her home to many in need.

Sylvia prayed daily for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, afternoon tea and being on her porch swing. She was rarely seen in public without one of her trademark hats.

She was preceded in death by her husband the Rev. William Lee Chamberlin and sister, Mary Vesta Irvin.

She is survived by a brother, T. Chesleigh Davis of Girard, PA, five children V. Lucinda “Cindy” Norman of Boynton Beach, FL, W. Jay Chamberlin (Linda) of Brookville, PA, Kenneth L. Chamberlin (Ellen) of Brockway, PA, Nancy C. Sprowls (Robert) of Manheim, PA, and Gary B. Chamberlin (Anita) of Basel, Switzerland, 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2–4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the McKinney Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Brookville.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Tuesday at the Emerickville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Zilhaver and Rev. David Chin officiating.

Burial will be in Richardsville Cemetery in Warsaw Township, Jefferson County.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations in Sylvia’s memory be sent to either the “CLC Russian Bibles for Belarus Project”, CLC Ministries International, Box 1449, Fort Washington, PA 19034, or to WRC Senior Services, 985 Route 28, Brookville, PA 15825.


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