Marie Theresa Chambers passed away peacefully at home in Longview surrounded by family on February 26, 2022.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Buford K. (“Buff” BK) Chambers in 2014, and son Daniel Joseph Chambers in 2021.
Marie was born on September 8, 1929, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She spent her childhood with her two siblings in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from St Mary’s Academy in 1947. She met the love of her life Buford Chambers while she was working at Lipman’s Department Store in downtown Portland. They married in 1948 and moved to Kelso in 1954.
Marie was an amazing mother of nine children. She taught all her children what it means to be strong. Marie was a lifelong Catholic, involved in both St. Mary’s in Kelso and St. Rose in Longview. She was an avid golfer and a member of the Three Rivers Golf Course 9 Holers. She was often found on the course with her golfing pals. She loved plants, flowers, and gardening. She was a painter and chalk artist, a batik artist as well as a seamstress and quilter. She taught her children to cook anything and everything from scratch - never from a box. During the 1970s, Marie managed the housewares and gift department at Schneider’s Hardware on Commerce in Longview while Buff managed the rest of the store. Marie leaves behind a legacy of strength, faith, love, and family.
Buford “Buff” and Marie celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary with their extended family and friends shortly before Buff’s passing.
“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28 (NIV)
Surviving her are her children Steve (MarkyKay) Chambers, Michael (Louise) Chambers, Larry (Amanda) Chambers, Michele (Bill) Murray, Matt (Barb) Chambers, Teresa Chambers, Andrew Chambers and Marianne Chambers. She has 14 surviving grandchildren, Stephanie (Vinnie) Domingcil, Chris (Nicole) Chambers, Chad (Bethany) Chambers, DeeAnne (David) Sperling, Rachael (Sonny) Turner, Scott (Rachel) Heilman, Geri Heilman, Will Murray, Michael Murray, Nathan (Kelsey) Chambers, Amey (Rocky) Hawkins, Robin Chambers, Kelly Chambers and Kyle Chambers; 12 great grandchildren, Riley Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Ryan Domingcil, Beckett (BK) Chambers, Cruz Chambers, Capri Chambers, Kaitlyn Turner, Kiara Turner, Elizabeth Chambers, Ethan Chambers, Eva Chambers and Ezra Chambers.
Marie is also survived by relatives and friends that adopted her as their Mama Marie or Grandma.
A graveside service will be held at Longview Memorial Park on Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m., followed by a memorial at the home of her daughters Teresa & Marianne Chambers. Please contact a family member or Steele Chapel for more information.