Jean Cox Chamberlain

Jean Cox Chamberlain, 100, passed away peacefully at the Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Castleton, New York, on September 9.

Born on December 12, 1919, in Southeast, New York, Jean moved to Chatham at the age of 3. She graduated from Chatham High School, and went on to receive her degree in Journalism from Marymount College. In July, 1943, she married Robert J. Chamberlain. During World War II , Jean was a neighborhood watch person when there was an air raid drill, while her husband fought in Europe. Jean was a staff member of the Chatham Central School District until her retirement.

Jean is survived by her daughter Gail (Marilyn), granddaughter Heather Davis (Jeramie), grandson Joseph (Ann), great granddaughters Ariana and Lyla, and nieces Robin Esposito and Jeanne Levett. She is predeceased by her husband of 73 years (Robert) and by her son, Robert.

Family was everything to Jean. There was nothing she cherished more than the times spent together. The stories of her youth will continue to be passed down through her great granddaughters. Jean was an an avid animal lover, and was never without multiple pets. She advocated for the students under her care throughout her career, and several have remained in contact.

The family extends a very special thank you for the excellent care Jean received at Riverside. The staff was compassionate, caring and professional, despite the difficult times. A special thank you goes to Pat Van Allen and Christine Cunningham for their continuous support.

Graveside services will be held Friday, September 11 at 1:00 PM at the Chatham Center Rural Cemetery on Route 66 in Chatham Center. Social distancing will be adhered to during the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory can be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society; 111 Humane Society Rd.; Hudson, NY 12534, or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be conveyed at

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