Mary Denise “Marydee” Chamberlain, 69, passed away June 7, 2019 at the Iowa Veterans home in Marshalltown, Iowa surrounded by family after a battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born January 9, 1950 to Andrew James Musick and Anne Marie (McRoberts) Musick in Chariton, Iowa.
Marydee graduated from Chariton High School in 1968. She went on to nursing school and later joined Mercy Hospital in Iowa City where she spent many years as a Radiologic Technologist. She realized her passion for teaching and moved to teach at the University of Iowa as a Clinical Instructor. Eventually Marydee returned to Mercy in Iowa City to Manage the Radiology Department. In 1993, after a long career in medicine, she decided to follow her dream to work in Real Estate where she stayed until she retired in 2014 from Iowa Realty.
Marydee married Carroll Chamberlain on Feb. 7, 1970. To this union were born, Jay and Jenifer. They made their home in North Liberty, Iowa for the last 37 years. She loved spending time with her family and gardening whenever she had the chance.
Marydee was known as a hard worker and was always on to the next challenge. She was a talented public speaker and over the years was recognized for her gift of teaching. Marydee also loved her time in real estate, especially helping young families start their dreams in their first homes. Her strong will, quick wit and sense of humor is what many will remember and miss. She spent her last year’s enjoying the company of Carroll and her children while making new friends at the Iowa Veteran’s Home.
Marydee was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother-in law Richard “Rev” Chamberlain and Robert “Bing” Chamberlain, nephews Brian Chamberlain, John Chamberlain, Bobby Clark, sister-in-law Juanita Chamberlain, mother-in-law Angie Chamberlain and father-in-law John Chamberlain.
Left to cherish her memories are Jay Chamberlain of North Liberty, Iowa, daughter Jenifer Chamberlain of Seattle, Washington, brother and sister-in-law Cork Musick and Diane Musick of Chariton, brother-in-law Gary and J.R Chamberlain of Newton, Iowa, sister-in-law Barbara Pyle of Williamson, Iowa, nieces Teresa Voss of Dexter, Iowa, Ashley Stream of Indianola, Iowa, Brenda Kilgore of Pella, Iowa, Felicia Miller of Sahuarita, Arizona, Cindy Clark of Ames, Terry Clark of Monroe, Iowa, nephews Denny Chiri of Williamson, Iowa, Ernie Pyle of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Gary Chamberlain of Des Moines, Iowa, Steve Chamberlain of Chariton, Iowa and Pat Clark of Des Moines, Iowa.
The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Iowa Veteran’s Home for all of their wonderful support and care of Marydee. We couldn’t have done it without you and know that our mother enjoyed her time with you.
Charitable donations may be made to:
Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills MA 02481, 1-781-237-3800, Web: http://www.curealzfund.org/
Iowa Veterans Home of Marshalltown, 1301 Summit Street, Marshalltown IA 50158-5485, 1-641-752-1501
American Cancer Society, Des Moines, IA Office, 1717 Ingersoll Ave, Ste 111 , Des Moines, IA 50309, 515-253-0147