Judith Ann "Judy" Chambers, 67, entered eternity on April 29, 2012, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Vigil Service on Tuesday, May 1, at Iles Funeral Homes-Grandview Park Chapel. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3300 Easton Blvd in Des Moines. Burial will take place at a later date.
Judy was born on January 31, 1945, in Forest City, Iowa, to Ruby (Christiansen) Lovely and Gordon Christiansen. She married the love of her life, Jim Chambers, on April 6, 1963. She worked for the State of Iowa Department of Education for more than 20 years.
Judy will always be remembered for her love of life and compassion for others, no matter what their station in life. She stood by Jim's side as he served in the Knights of Columbus. She also was deeply involved in her sorority, Phi Tau Omega, serving in various roles, including as national president. She and Jim were active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she always was first committed to serving Jesus Christ.
Whatever the need, she was there, including the role of grief counselor--which she was honored to assume. Judy loved and supported Special Olympics of Iowa, and was proud to be part of such an amazing organization that impacted the lives of all its athletes.
Her love of life was evident in all that she did. She lit up a room with her smile and never shied away from a challenge or a need. Her list of friends included many who were referred to as "family," and were forever cherished and kept close to her heart.
Judy is survived by her son, Michael (Michelle) Chambers of Grimes; daughter, Sherri (Steve) Peterson of Des Moines; mother, Ruby Lovely of Des Moines; sisters, Mary (Tony) Paron of Des Moines, and Linda (Carroll) Lester of Polk City; brothers, Doug (Barb) Christiansen of Des Moines, and Ronnie (Donna) Christiansen of Dexter; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her soul mate, Jim (March 2012); her father, Gordon Christiansen; and her step-father, Thomas Lovely.
The family would like to thank Dr. Behrens, Dr. Klara, Kennybrook Village, and Rachel and staff on eight south of Mercy Medical Center, for all the gentle and loving care they gave Judy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be dedicated to Special Olympics of Iowa in Judy's name.
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