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Thelma Claire Chambers

FARMINGTON – Thelma Claire Chambers, of Farmington, passed away surrounded by loving family on October 29, 2014, at Presbyterian Manor. She was born January 14, 1939, to the late Joseph and Germaine (Vigneux) Caron in Central Falls, Rhode Island. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clarence W. Chambers in 2004; and a brother, Rene Caron.

Thelma was raised in Quebec, the daughter of French-Canadian parents who were textile mill workers in the Northeastern United States, Thelma’s first language was French. She learned English when she was eleven years old after moving to Rhode Island. She later married, in Puerto Rico, the love of her life, Clarence “Chuck,” whose naval career took them to many worldly destinations. Travel took her to Paris, London, Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Italy and throughout the U. S. Community and church were important to Thelma. She had been a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farmington. A lover of pets, her home was never without a dog.

Survivors include three daughters, Suzette (Mrs. John) Morris of San Diego, CA, Marilyn (Mrs. Ken) Shoumake of DeSoto, MO and Germaine (Mrs. Kenneth) Dolmage of Bonne Terre, MO; and four grandchildren, Laura Morris of San Diego, CA, Jeffrey Morris (and wife, Kimberly) of Houston, TX, Danielle Morris of San Diego, CA and Zachary Shoumake of Farmington.

Friends may call on Sunday, November 2 from 5–8 p.m. at Cozean Memorial Chapel. Visitation will resume Monday morning from 7 until 9:30 a.m. at Cozean Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment will be at New Calvary Cemetery in Farmington. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Farmington Pet Adoption Center or the Alzheimer’s Association. View the tribute video and share your memories and condolences at

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