Jodee A. Chambers

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.




  • Deb Reno Posted November 1, 2020 6:38 am

    My heart aches with yours for the loss of your dear wife, mom & grandma.

  • Doug Smith Posted November 1, 2020 9:55 am

    My heartfelt sympathy and that of my spouse, Sigrid, and daughters, Claudia and Michelle.
    Jodee was my youngest sister. I and my family miss her very much and always will.

  • Gary & Janet Schmidt Posted November 1, 2020 12:33 pm

    Our hearts go out to you and your family for your loss. We will miss her sweet smile and her warm heart.

  • Claudia Foster Posted November 1, 2020 9:08 pm

    A beautifully written tribute to Jodee. ♡ She was a great woman and a sweet, thoughtful aunt. She will be missed and my Midwest family is in my heart during this sad time and always.

  • Mary C McCarthy Posted November 2, 2020 8:06 am

    Dear Family of Jodee, I knew Jodee from our grade and high school years. My grade school class mates have always been dear to me despite time and distance. Jodee had a great sense of fun and kind ways. I had lost track of her but have often thought of her as I grew up near her Charlson cousins and ran into Mary Kay this past year. It sounds like Jodee had a good life full of love and faith. My condolences to her family, siblings, nieces and nephews, and cousins. I will keep all of you in my thoughts. Jodee is now free to dance and sing.

  • Ruth McGrath Posted November 2, 2020 1:23 pm

    Love and prayers to all! Yes beautiful tribute to Jodee!

  • Karen McClelland Posted November 2, 2020 5:16 pm

    I will always love your Jodee.
    She was in my life as long as I can remember. There is still a picture of Jodee, my mom, and Donna Slotsve on my mom’s refrigerator. They are all wearing leis. The 3 friends.

    Like Rachel and Sanae, I have fond memories growing up around the friendship of Jodee, Donna, and my mom.

    For me, Jodee’s legacy is her faith in Jesus and her sense of humor. Her uplifting spirit. She also modeled what true friendship is.

    I cry for myself but not for Jodee because surely she is with our Father in Heaven.

    God bless you and your family.

  • Sharman and Doug Wurst Posted November 2, 2020 5:26 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss, Jan has shared so many wonderful stories about the time you all spent together. We loved being with you at Amanda & Ian’s wedding and for the John Mills orchestra event. It was a night of good music, good food, and good company.

  • reg schroeder Posted November 2, 2020 6:14 pm

    A kind soul always welcoming towards me. Many Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations we shared that she would graciously host. Her voice, her laugh are etched in my memory. The ceramic cooking bowls always a reminder of her gift in my cupboard.. My thoughts are with you John, Jan, Scot and Doug as time carries us all forward. May peace be with you as these sad days pass. Love to you all

  • Pam Lutterman Posted November 2, 2020 8:18 pm

    A beautiful and loving tribute to a beautiful and loving woman. Don and I are praying for all of Jodee’s loved ones!

  • Doug meek Posted November 3, 2020 11:14 am

    Lovely tribute, My prayers to all of her loved ones! Always here for you John.

  • Doug Smith Posted November 3, 2020 11:19 am

    Jodee is my youngest sister. Along with my wife,,Sigrid, and daughters,
    Claudia and Michelle, we want to convey our deepest sympathy to John, Doug, and Scott Chambers and Doug’s and Scott’s families. As much as we love and miss Jodee, it is a blessing that she is no longer suffering. We will always carry our cherished memories of Jodee in our hearts.

  • Kathryn Wiedenfeld Posted November 3, 2020 2:48 pm

    My dear cousin Jodee, was very close to me in age, My memories from our early childhood spent together are her laughter, sense of fun and sweet pigtails. She must have been a fun loving mom/ gramma, (loved the carefully crafted obituary). I am thankful I got to have her in my early life, her memory will love on. Sending condolences to John, Scott, Doug.

  • Jan and Bill Frame Posted November 4, 2020 8:59 am

    Jodee’s infectious laughter and fun loving spirit were special gifts she shared with all of us. Our thoughts and prayers to John, Jan, Doug and Scott and their families. May fondest memories bring you strength and comfort.

  • Kristina Voien Posted November 5, 2020 2:45 pm

    John you are in all of our thoughts here at the 801 Grill. We are all saddened by the news, but we’re lucky to have some fond memories of the two of you. You were both more than just patrons of our restaurant you both were family to us all. If there is anything we can do to help during this time please let us know.

    Your 801 Family

  • Sue Wiedenfeld Posted November 5, 2020 6:59 pm

    I offer my deepest condolences to. Jodee’s loving husband, John and Scott and Doug and families and to Doug and Mary Kay, her siblings. Some of my most cherished childhood memories were adventures with Jodee and her family. I loved her laugh and quirky sense of humor. She had a wonderful sense of fun, a great laugh, and a kind heart. I will always cherish memories of the times we were shelters to each other’s families in the storms of our early lives. My heart goes out to all who share in the loss of this dear woman, my cousin. May she be resting gently in peace. With sadness but gratitude for the end of her suffering. Love to all xoxoxo

  • Steve Flott Posted November 6, 2020 9:23 am

    You guys are like family, you are loved by many. The Flotts send their love and prayers to you and your family, sorry for your loss

  • Tish & Monty Halstead Posted November 6, 2020 9:42 am

    Jodee was a good friend and such a delight to be around. We feel very blessed that Jan, John’s sister, introduced us to John and Jodee. Jodee has the best caregiver one could ever hope for. John took wonderful care of her and was always so compassionate, loving and caring. Jodee is in a much better place and at peace. We will miss her terribly but know that she is happy to be with the Lord.

  • Julie Darr Posted November 6, 2020 10:10 am

    This is such a beautiful description of your wife/mom/grandmother! I love that she knew her husband until the end, when Jesus took her into His loving arms.

  • Julie Ostrand Posted November 6, 2020 10:41 am

    This is so beautifully said! With tears in my eyes…I write this. We love your family and she will be greatly missed!

  • Kathy Stebbins Posted November 6, 2020 9:41 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Jodee. Merle and I are thinking of you and your family. We pray God will fill you with his peace and comfort. Love , Merle and Kathy Stebbins l

  • Kathy Stebbins Posted November 6, 2020 9:53 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Jodee. She was a beautiful person and friend. We are thinking of you and your family. Sending our prayers that God give you peace and comfort. Love, Merle and Kathy Stebbins

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