Dorothy Jean (Pearson) Chambers was born on March 5, 1929 and raised in the Andersonville section of Chicago, Illinois by her parents Olga and Victor Pearson. She had an older brother, Victor (Ronald) Pearson who predeceased her in 2007. The family lived in an apartment near lake Michigan, which contributed to Dorothy’s life long love of the water. As a child, Dorothy enjoyed dancing, playing the piano, and numerous family fishing vacations to the Wisconsin area.
After graduating from Senn High School in Chicago, Dorothy worked for a variety of companies, including Montgomery Ward, as an Executive Secretary. She was always proud of the typing and short hand taking abilities that she perfected during this time of her life. In 1955, she married her husband James Chambers. The couple lived in a number of northwest Chicago suburbs including Lake Barrington Shores, IL.
In the early 1970’s, Dorothy’s parents built their house on Darlington Road in Holiday and moved to Florida. Dorothy’s Aunt Val, built a similar house across the street and made the move to Holiday as well. Dorothy spent the next 15 years traveling back and forth from Chicago to Florida to visit her parents and to help her mother and her aunt in their later years. Upon their deaths, she settled primarily in Florida in 1987.
Always an active member of the community, Dorothy was involved in numerous prayer groups and bible study classes. She also joined a local pool where she was fortunate to meet her fiancé Mike, who remained by her side, caring for her during her illness.
Dorothy’s other interests included getting together with friends as well as many crafts such as knitting, making cards and bookmarks, calligraphy, writing poetry, and travel. She was able to join her family on annual summer visits to Martha’s Vineyard, where she enjoyed walking on the beach, searching for seashells, shopping, watching sunsets, and an annual lobster dinner. Other vacations included trips to Hawaii, Israel, Poland, and several trips to Sweden where she visited with her extended family.
Even during her illness, Dorothy never lost her sense of humor, love of life, and concern for others. Her ever-present faith and love of the Lord, provided great comfort to her during her final days.
Dorothy is survived by her fiancé Mike Kiselesky, her sister-in-law Jean Pearson, nephew Walter Pearson and his wife Linda, niece Mary Ann Gianni and her husband Joe as well as five nieces and nephews; Brian, Matthew, Alex, Sarah, and Katherine.