Effie B. Chamberlin
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HARMONYVILLE - Effie B. Chamberlin, 74, died Wednesday, July 9, at her home in Harmonyville, surrounded by her family, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Mrs. Chamberlin was born July 4, 1940, on the family farm in East Dover, the daughter of Edwin H. Bartlett and Marion (Johnson) Bartlett, and the oldest of eight children. She married R. George Chamberlin on September 3, 1960, in Putney.

Mrs. Chamberlin attended Dover Elementary School, graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in 1958, then attended Thompson House School for Practical Nursing, graduating in 1959 as a licensed practical nurse. She went on to earn her associate degree in health care administration from the Community College of Vermont in 1978, becoming co-administrator with Dr. Otis.

Mrs. Chamberlin dedicated her life to health care, providing quality care to area residents for years, starting as a staff nurse in 1961 and working her way up to the administrative level at Grace Cottage Hospital. She retired for the first time in 2000 after 39 years and returned to work following a short retirement. She retired again in 2009, after a total of 48 years of service.

In 2009 Mrs. Chamberlin received a House concurrent resolution from the Vermont Senate and House of Representatives honoring her in recognition of her outstanding nursing and administrative career at Grace Cottage Hospital.

Mrs. Chamberlin served her community on multiple boards, including Otis Health Care Center Board of Trustees, Grace Cottage Foundation Board; Vermont state Board of Nursing, Practical Nurse Association of VT, advisory committee, Student Practical Nurse Association of VT; American College of Health Care Administration; VT chapter, American College of Health Care Administrators; VT Health Care Association, Advisory Committee Valley Health Council; co-chair Red Cross Blood Donor Day; and Northeast Healthcare Quality Foundation. She also worked tirelessly each year on the Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day, especially the auction.

Mrs. Chamberlin enjoyed helping people, camping, snowmobiling, decorating cakes, going for walks, square dancing, watching horse pulls, and spending time with her family. She believed you should live each day to the fullest and that quality of life is extremely important.

Mrs. Chamberlin is survived by one sister, Sheila, and brother-in-law Reg Lowe; three brothers, Philip and sister-in-law Sandy Bartlett; Warren Bartlett, Steve and sister-in-law Edna Bartlett; sister-in-law Patsy Bemis; brothers-in-law Park Chamberlin and Wallace Lowe; her doctor and friend Robert Backus; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephew.

Mrs. Chamberlin was predeceased by her husband George in September 1984, her partner Buster in December 2011, her parents Edwin and Marion, a sister Eleanor, brothers Rex and Kenneth, and nephew Kenneth Warren.

Mrs. Chamberlin will be remembered for her Yankee wisdom and her strong professional values. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, July 20, at 1 pm at the Newbrook Firehouse, in Newfane. Burial will take place in the Oakwood Cemetery in Townshend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Grace Cottage Foundation, in care of Robert Backus, at Grace Cottage, Townshend, VT 05353.

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