Opal Ellen Chambers, 85, of Glendale, formerly of Gardner, Kans., passed away Dec. 8, 2017 at Rejoice Assisted Living, Glendale. Funeral service was held Dec. 18 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, Kans. Burial followed at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, Kans. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Chambers was born Sept. 23, 1932 in Neodesha, Kans., to Daniel Obediah and Hazel Mae (Coe) Redington. She grew up in Neodesha, where she graduated from high school in 1952.
Mrs. Chambers earned a BS in nursing from Mt. Carmel Academy, Wichita, Kans. She married Russell Chambers Aug. 3, 1957 in Neodesha. They lived in Caney, Kans. and moved in 1963 to Gardner, where Russell served as high school principal and Ellen served as a nurse at Gardner Community Medical Center.
The couple moved to Glendale, Ariz. in 1995. Mrs. Chambers was a registered nurse, who worked in hospitals and for the Magellan Corp. as a nursing instructor while in Arizona. She was a member of Gardner Baptist Church.
Mrs. Chambers was an avid reader, enjoyed sewing, creative crafts and traveling all around the world. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell, in 1996, and brother, Lester Redington. She is survived by son, Dan and wife, Melody Chambers, Mayetta, Kans.; daughters, Mary Ellen and husband, Scott Schneider, Phoenix, Ariz., and Lynne Chalmers, Gilbert, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Kevin and wife, Sunni, Davidson; Allison Schneider, and Lauren Schneider; and one great-grandchild, Kirsten.