Alice Merrill Horne Chamberlain
1928 - 2020
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Alice Merrill Horne Chamberlain
December 20, 1928 - December 27, 2020
Resident of San Jose
On Sunday, December 27, 2020, Alice Merrill Horne Chamberlain of San Jose, California, beloved wife, mother of eight, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away in the care of loved ones at her home. She was 92 years old.
Alice was an unforgettable woman of unwavering faith and a wonderful sense of humor. Service, family, and patriotism were at the core of her being from an early age. In addition to raising her children, as an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she performed temple work diligently, acted as a missionary in daily life, and worked regularly on her family genealogy.
Alice was born on December 20, 1928 in Salt Lake City to parents Dr. Lyman Horne and Myrtle Swainston Horne, R.N. She was the fourth of eight children.
In her youth, she and her family were often in the Salt Lake City newspapers modeling the latest fashions of the day. At The University of Utah, she was a member of Chi Omega, and was nominated for Class Queen. There, in a ballroom dance class, she met her life long sweetheart, Cloyd Royal Chamberlain. The two became closer friends in a sculpting course that they enrolled in together. They were married and sealed together for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple November 21, 1951.
Alice graduated from college with a fine arts degree having trained under William Christensen, founder of San Francisco Ballet & Ballet West; studied dance with notable dancer Hanya Holme; learned sculpture with Avard Fairbanks; and performed in the university dance group Orchesis. She would go on to earn a master's degree in General Elementary Education.
Alice was a compelling storyteller, orator, and teacher who, like her grandmother and namesake, Alice Merrill Horne, was a champion of the arts. Freedom of expression was vitally important to her, and she enthusiastically supported the creativity of her children and grandchildren. She never missed an opportunity to share her knowledge with those around her, and taught in primary education for many years.
Gardening, dancing, singing, landscape painting, drawing, sculpture, sewing, and mending were favorite hobbies. Alice was also well known as a Tupperware lady—and may in fact have given away more products than she sold. She spent extensive hours volunteering in the wider community, whether at the Kiwanis Club or with the Republican Presidential Task Force. As a fervent supporter of voting rights, she went door to door registering voters.
In her later years Alice became a tireless quilter, making quilts for the Binki Patrol and crocheting blankets for dozens of her grandchildren. She could often be found burning the midnight oil working on her fuzzy blankets because, as she put it, "there are many people—especially children—that need to be warmed by a blanket made with love." Her blankets have been a source of comfort for many through the years.
Alice is survived by siblings Jonathan Horne and Robert Horne, by her children Robin, Merilee, Royal, Linda, Thomas, Rebecca, Daniel and Diana, as well as by a flock of grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her husband Dr. Cloyd Chamberlain, her parents Dr. Lyman Horne and Myrtle Swainston Horne R.N., her sisters Harriett Ann Arrington, Carolyn Allred, Marilyn Farr, and her brothers, David Horne and Richard Horne.
Beloved Alice, we will miss your tapioca cream puffs, and your pumpkin pie; we will miss your hands, that were always ready to give in the service of others; but we will especially miss your bright, welcoming, radiant love.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 4, 2021
Alice- Mother-Friend, You were all what they said about you in your obituary and more. You loved me. You cared for the hurting. You seemed to know. I loved your cooking and your busy hands. I know, Alice, I know you will be free. I told Linda , I thought you would live forever. You made my crazy life feel like home, it was timing and I needed it desperately. Thank you, Alice Chamberlain. I will always cherish you in my heart. Jerrene Otto
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