Jodee A. Chambers
November 12, 1952 – October 30, 2020
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, November 6th at 12noon, with SERVICE at 1pm, all at the West Center Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.
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Jodee A. Chambers was born on November 12, 1952 in Sioux City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Anna Smith; aunts and uncles. Survived by husband of 44 years, John R. Chambers; two sons, Douglas (Liz) Chambers of North Carolina and Scott (Laura) Chambers of Nebraska; three grandchildren: Katie, Ian, and Samuel; two siblings, Douglas (Sigrid) Smith of Florida, Mary Kay Smith of Iowa; sister-in-law, Jan Campion of Colorado; nieces and nephews: Michelle Smith, Claudia (Ryan) Foster, Shiuvaun Reuter, Shannon Schroeder, Matt Schroeder, Theresa (Cory) Conlon, Rita Schroeder, Ryan (Jacci) Schroeder, Amanda (Ian) Wurst and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
John and Jodee met during the blizzard of 1975 and were married on December 6th of that same year. Jodee was a night owl and enjoyed being a homemaker. Together, John and Jodee came to know their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and their faith was a guiding force in their lives. Jodee loved shopping at garage and estate sales and could find excellent deals for family and friends.
Jodee was a “spur of the moment” kind of gal and was always up for an adventure. Jodee and her son, Doug, shared a love of music that created a life-long bond between them. Scott was her shopping partner and can attest to her ability to find the most interesting deals. She loved her family and spent many hours on I-29, traveling between Omaha and Sioux City so that she could spend time with her mom, sister, and nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren, Katie and Ian, were blessed to be able to spend many mornings with her before school. They loved her quirky way of making Blueberry Eggos and toast, the shows that they watched together, and their dance parties. The last time that she saw Sam, she hugged him and said, “I like him, he’s a good boy.”
Jodee loved helping refugees. She knew how to make meat loaf 99 different ways and never repeated the same recipe twice. Jodee could have been a real estate agent with her knowledge of neighborhoods and homes. If you needed to buy a home, you just had to let Jodee know and she would find you the best listings in your price range. She was a good friend and was always willing to drop what she was doing to help someone in need.
Jodee was a good sport and spent many late nights under the stars while John took photos of the moon and galaxies. They spent many hours driving to beautiful places and enjoyed “Les Miserables” on Broadway. As the faces and names of her family faded away during the years that she suffered from Alzheimer’s, she still knew her beloved John. Even though she was often afraid, he was her safe place. He loved her deeply and cared for her to the end.