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Susan  Harriet Moore Chamberlain

Susan Harriet Moore Chamberlain
  • August 9, 1927 - December 28, 2017
  • Needham, Massachusetts

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Susan Harriet Moore Chamberlain was born August 9th, 1927 in Oakland California, to George Thomas Moore of Yakima Washington and Harriet Dorothy Bartlett Moore of St. Louis Missouri and an older brother James Bartlett Moore. Susan passed on December 28th, 2017. At her age of ten, the Moore family moved from California to Winnetka Illinois. Here she attended public school and then graduated from New Trier High School. She then attended Bard College in Annandale-on-the-Hudson, New York where she majored in Theatre Arts and graduated in 1949. It was here that she met her husband Charles Willard Chamberlain, Jr. who was known as "Pete". They were married in the summer of 1949, and moved to Newton Center, Massachusetts. During the following years they lived in Portland Maine, West Action Massachusetts, Strafford -Wayne Pennsylvania, Wellesley Massachusetts, and finally Needham Massachusetts. Through all the years, Susan focused on her family and was very active in volunteer work with the following organizations: Girls Scouts: Leader in both Newton and Wellesley; The Junior League: Pennsylvania and Massachusetts; The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution where she served as National Chairman – American Heritage, 2nd Vice President – National Vice Chairman's Association NSDAR, Chapter Regent 1985-88, 1993-95, 1996-98 Amos Mills Chapter, Wellesley, MA, Advisory Committee Tamassee, DAR School , South Carolina; The Continental Society Daughter of Indian Wars, serving as Second Deputy Governor General, Organizing State Governor Massachusetts, Member of the National Gavel Society; National Society of New England Women, serving as Corresponding Secretary General; The Piscataqua Pioneers, serving as Recording and Corresponding Secretary; The Order of the Descendants of Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens where she was the Historian General; The Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy as Past Treasurer General; Daughters of the American Colonists where she was 1st Vice Regent Massachusetts Society; The Huguenot Society as Corresponding Secretary Massachusetts Society and the Dames of the Court of Honor where she served as Historian Massachusetts Society.
Mrs. Chamberlain was a member of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of the Cincinnati, The National Society Magna Charta Dames, Daughters of Colonial Wars, Inc., Colonial Dames XVII Century, National Society Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, Flagon and Trencher : Descendants of Colonial Tavern Keepers, The Hereditary Order of the Descendents of Colonial Governors, National Society Southern Dames of America, The Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent, Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry, Order of Washington, Wellesley Hills Women's Club, Wellesley Historical Society, American Needlepoint Guild, Wellesley Town Meeting Member.
Her hobbies included collecting Doll Houses, Antique Dolls, Paper Dolls; Needlepointing, Painting in oils, acrylics and water colors; wrote a children's play with music; a children's story with illustrations; had started journaling her adventures over the years; playing bridge; and was an avid reader.
She is survived by her daughters, Sharli Chamberlain Yoken of Houston Texas and Virginia Bartlett Chamberlain of West Harwich Massachusetts, her son-in-law Stephen Elliot Yoken and her three grandchildren, Jennifer Yoken, Justin Yoken and Jacqueline Yoken.
A Memorial service celebrating Susan's life will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in Susan's name may be made to Trinity Homeless Shelter, 12 McClellan St, Suite 2, Skowhegan, ME 04976.