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Mildred Chambers


Mildred Chambers

Mildred C. “Midge” Chambers, 103, Carlyle, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Tara Gardens in Iola.
Midge was born Jan. 15, 1910, in Bolivar, Mo., the daughter of James William and Lanola Elizabeth (Epley) Higginbotham. She came to the Iola area with her family in 1912 and was a graduate of Iola High School.
On Nov. 6, 1928, Midge married Frank L. Chambers. They made their home in the Carlyle community. He preceded her in death Sept. 30, 1973.
Midge enjoyed sewing, crocheting and working crossword puzzles. She was a member of the Carlyle Presbyterian Church, Carlyle Club and a charter member of the Sew & So Club.
Survivors are her son, Gene Chambers and wife Naomi, Carlyle; four grandchildren, Teresa Leerar and husband Randy, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Pam Johnson and husband Gary, Emporia, Claudette Bishop and husband Rick, Bedias, Texas, and Gary Chambers and wife Jackie, Painesville, Ohio; step-granddaughter, LuAnn Reece and husband Bob, Manhattan; eight great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Betty Fitzgerald, daughter-in-law Ruth Chambers, granddaughter Camilla Dobson and brothers Burl, Floyd and Con Higginbotham.
Visitation will be at 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Carlyle Presbyterian Church, Carlyle. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Iola.
Memorials may be made to Carlyle Presbyterian Church and left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, Iola. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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