Eugene C. "Gene" CHAMBLIN and Elizabeth R. "Betty" CHAMBLIN Gene, born in South Dakota in 1921, passed away November 15, 2001 in Bellevue. His wife, Betty, born in Oregon in 1922, passed away on April 28, 2012 in Issaquah. They were married June 5, 1948 in Coulee Dam, Washington, and honeymooned at Yellowstone Park. Gene, a retired Washington State Department of Transportation civil engineer and manager, proudly served during WWII in the Army Air Corps and later in the National Guard. He was an avid reader, Seahawks fan and outdoorsman. Family vacations often centered around hiking in the mountains or at the beach, camping, fishing and exploring. He surprised Betty while they were dating by taking dance lessons to impress her (it worked!). He had a keen mind. Betty, a former bookkeeper, was an accomplished amateur artist and loved design, china painting, driftwood sculpture and gardening. She would start a dress in the morning and by that evening, it would be finished. She also made the world's best fudge. Their home in Bellevue's Robinswood area was full of friends, family, Samoyeds (Princess and Tonya) and fun for many years. She loved biographies. They are survived by daughter Marla (Don) Kojima of Kent, grandson Shelby (Jennifer) Bottemiller of Duvall and two great grandchildren. The family thanks the nursesand caregivers at Providence Marianwood for Betty's loving care. A family service will be held for Betty (Gene's was held in 2001). Remembrances may be made to Somerset Women for Medic One in their names, c/o Bellevue Fire Dept., PO Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009.
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Published in The Seattle Times on May 4, 2012