Chambers Family Fund
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Evelyn Chambers

  Evelyn Hemmings Chambers
Evelyn Hemmings Chambers

Evelyn Hemmings Chambers played a significant role in the early years of the family business, Clipper Exxpress, handling the early internal affairs and administration of the office at the Pennsylvania Railroad yards. Her husband, Jerry, recalled, “My wife helped me with the company for the first eight years. I remember, I was drawing a salary and she wasn’t.” While her husband was fighting in World War II, Evelyn ran the business alone.

After the war, Evelyn devoted herself to charitable endeavors. She was the first woman to become a member of the Vestry at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, Illinois. She was also an active member of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, and was President of the Midwestern Antiques Club.

Her commitment to participating in and being part of her community was a seamless piece of who she was. A true philanthropist, Evelyn was a great supporter of the arts and charitable organizations in Chicago and the California Bay Area. The women and girls of Colorado benefited from Evelyn’s philanthropy as well. She supported The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and served on the Chambers Family Fund Board of Directors until her death.

Evelyn Chambers passed away March 28, 2001 at age 90. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, setting many fine examples of community participation and charitable giving and exemplifying the joy of philanthropy. Her many achievements and service to her community shed a calm and gentle light through all her days. Her work is done, her plan has been fulfilled, and her life has counted. We miss her.

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