JOELLEN CHAMBERLAIN Friday, September 26 4:41 p.m.
JOELLEN MARIE CHAMBERLAIN May 12, 1943 ~ Sept. 23, 2008
Joellen Marie Chamberlain was called home to be with the Lord on Sept. 23, 2008. She was born to Wilber D. and Ellen F. Gibson on May 12, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA. She moved to Vancouver, WA as an infant. She graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1961. Since then she has been a vital part of planning their class reunions. After having started her work career at Joe Brown's Cafe at the age of 15, she worked her way into a management position at Kentucky Fried Chicken, which she used as spring board to become the C.E.O. of Oregon Rail Federal Credit Union in Portland, OR where she retired after 25 years of dedicated service. Joellen was a member of the Vagabonds Skate Club. She was also a member of The Red Hat Society and attended many of their functions.
Joellen came from a very large family where it is a common belief that she was the binding thread between generations. She will be deeply missed by all.
Joellen is survived by her only son, Troy Sharp and wife, Shaun, of Vancouver, WA; her mother, Ellen F. Gibson, of Fremont, MI; sister, Cheryl K. Riley (Rick), of Wamic, OR; sister, Zanita V. Beecham (Jay), also of Fremont, MI; and two honorary daughters, Kimberly M. Sayer (Tommy) and Laura "Bead" Wellwood, both of Vancouver, WA. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jerome F. Chamberlain; her father, Wilber D. Gibson; and brother, David K. Gibson. A Celebration of Life will be held at Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. At Joellen's request, a party will immediately follow, at the same location.