HAYES CHAMBERLIN, Margaret Elaine
1928 - 2020
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Elaine Chamberlin, our mother and grandmother, sister and aunt, at the Wales Home in Richmond, Quebec.
Mom was born in Shawville, QC, the eldest of four children of Clarence and Ada (Greenlay) Hayes. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and, at sixteen, left the family farm to take her teacher training at MacDonald College. A year later she was teaching in a one room school house in Hull, and helping her siblings to attend college. She left Hull and moved to Richmond to teach grade one, and in 1957 married Don Chamberlin. Opposites attract; Mom was quiet, serious and intellectual while Don was the life of the party and loved the outdoors. Together they gave us a balanced childhood filled with travel, camping, books and an appreciation for both hard work and play.
Mom was strong and independent. She returned to teaching at St. Francis Elementary and at the same time earned her BA from Bishop’s University. She retired just before Dad’s death in 1987. Afterwards she continued to enjoy travelling and involvement in the church, the UCW and the WI.
Friends and family loved spending time on Mom’s idyllic back porch, surrounded by her beloved, beautiful gardens, playing backgammon, watching birds or discussing books or politics while eating her famous ginger cookies. Her grandson Jeff said there was a little bit of Grandma in every cookie. She lived in the family house for almost sixty years, forming close friendships with neighbours, supporting each other through ice storms, lobster parties and gardening problems.
She is survived by her children Colleen, of Winnipeg, Jim (Denise) of Wiarton, grandchildren Jeff (Lauren), Alicia (Dennis) and Sandra and her sister Doris (Jack) Falt of Almonte, sister-in-law Eleanor Hayes of Shawville and eight nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Don, sister Madelon Smiley and brother Irwin Hayes.
Cremation has taken place and interment will take place in May at Ste-Anne's Cemetery. Cass Funeral Home, Richmond, in charge of arrangements.
We are grateful beyond words for the care and compassion shown to her by everyone at the Wales Home, especially during the past months when visiting was impossible.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to The Wales Home Foundation @waleshome.ca.
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