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Obit: Patricia "Pat" Goode Chambers

Patricia "Pat" Goode Chambers, 72, who was a loving wife for 52 years, a homemaker, an Army spouse, and a long time resident of Alexandria, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Sunrise at Mount Vernon following a long battle with Alzheimers.

Pat was a loving mother and grandmother born on Dec. 10 1934 in Boston, Mass. She married Lt. Jay W. Chambers in 1955, and accompanied him on military assignments to Europe, the Far East and throughout the United States over his 20-year career. While in Okinawa, Pat was the Director/Teacher of the USARYIS Command pre-school. She was also the Director/Teacher of the pre-school at Ft. Devens in Massachusetts. Pat retired from the Smithsonian’s mail order catalog division in 1986 where she was the CFO.

Pat was an active member of the church serving as a Eucharistic Minister and Choir member at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. She volunteered many hours of her time at Christ House of Alexandria feeding the homeless and with the Meals on Wheels charity program, and at Mount Vernon Hospital.

Pat lived in Alexandria for more than 36 years. She moved here from Fort Devens, Mass. with her husband and children in 1971. Throughout her remarkable life she devoted herself to her family, church and community; as a mother, sister, grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt, and a sports mom; a CCD teacher; a school teacher, PTA member and a Cub Scout Leader.

Pat is survived by her devoted husband, retired Lt. Col. Jay W. Chambers Sr.; one daughter Maryann Chambers Tarel of Bordeaux, France; her three sons, Col. Jay Chambers Jr. of Fairfax Station; Chris and Mike Chambers of Alexandria, a sister Ann Jones of Bow, N.H., 13 grandchildren and many friends.