Carol Ann Chamberlin, beloved wife and mother, joined her Lord in Heaven March 22, 2005. At age 59, she gained eternal victory over her battle with cancer while surrounded by the love of her family in her home. Friends are welcome to visit with the family Saturday, March 26. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. for visitation as the memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in her honor to the First Baptist Church of Lee's Summit, MO.
Carol was born May 26, 1945, to Norman and Minnie Ashlock in Amarillo, TX. She grew up in Columbia, MO, with her older brother Tim Ashlock. Childhood was full of life, love, and discipline which grew her into a woman of royal character. Baptized at age 9 at Memorial Baptist Church, Columbia, MO, she was a faithful member and disciple of Christ. This relationship with her Savior was the focal point of her life. Everyone who knew her, knew her life's purpose was to glorify the Lord.
While attending college at the University of Missouri, she was pursued by many charming men. But she gave her heart and love to only one, A. Howard Chamberlin, Marshall, MO. They began their life together August 29, 1970, and shortly thereafter moved to Lake Lotawana, MO, where they plunged into the social atmosphere of sailing, dinner parties, skiing, and communion with friends. With unmatched beauty and grace, Carol quickly became a favorite lake blonde and treasured friend. Carol dedicated all her time and energy to her family. A devoted wife, she left nothing for her husband to do in the house, for she was the best homemaker God could ever provide. She raised three beautiful children: Whitney, Austin, and Ashley. Her pride and joy was providing a warm and cozy home where every need and want was met.
Her heart also opened to each and every other child who came through her door. From cookies to conversations filled with Godly wisdom, she loved them as her own. Friends and family consider her a spiritual mentor, one of the lake's best cooks, and an Audry Hepburn-always dressed to the nines. With a constant smile and joyful attitude, she served generously, loved deeply, and was a constant ray of sunshine. She was preceded in death by her mother and father. She is survived and dearly missed by her husband Howard; three children, Whitney, Austin, and Ashley; brother Timothy Ashlock and wife Carroll, Arnold, CA; and many loving family members. She lived her life according to Romans 12:12: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer." Her life and testimony will be forever remembered.
(Arr. Langsford Funeral Home, 816-524-3700)
After graduation, while attending MU, I met my husband-to-be, Howard Chamberlin, who graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1971. We married in 1970 and moved to Kansas City after graduation where he worked for an attorney who introduced us to Lake Lotawana, near Lee's Summit. We have lived here for 32 years and raised our three children, Whitney, 27 (Depauw grad.), Austin, 23 (CU-Boulder grad,) and Ashley, 20 (soph. at TCU-Ft.Worth).
L. Lotawana is a wonderful, close-knit community where we enjoy all kinds of water sports. The guys are especially into sailing their 21 ft. C-scows on our lake and enjoy competing in regattas on lakes out of state. We also have junior sailing clubs and a competitive women's Butterfly sailing organization where 3 races are sailed on Wednesdays with luncheons held in member's homes in the summer. We are avid snow skiers and have taken many family ski trips to Colorado. I have had the privilege to be a wife and home maker for the last 27 years and cherish the opportunities I've had to serve in the schools, community and in our church in various capacities. Howard has been President of the Home Owner's Assn. for the past five years and several years ago was recognized as "Heartland's Citizen of the Year" in So. Jackson County for all the work he has done in our community.
Our children are wonderful, beautiful children who love the Lord. We consider that to be the most important purpose of our lives and we have been very blessed with a happy, healthy family, an active lifestyle and many good friends. We've had the opportunity to take our children and travel to Europe several times and take sailing trips to the carribbean. I am sorry we will not be able to attend the reunion in October as we will be in Maine. I hope you have a wonderful reunion.
Summer - 2003
Whitney, me, Ashley
Austin & Howard