Gwendolyn Chambers, 86, program manager

March 12, 2006

Gwendolyn Lorraine Rich Chambers, a retired Health Care Finance Administration manager and a world traveler, died March 4 at her daughter's home, where she was recovering from a broken hip. She was 86 and lived in Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, she graduated from Douglass High School in 1937 and attended what was then called Coppin Normal School and Cortez Peters Business School.

As a child, she attended Macedonia Baptist Church, where she later taught Sunday school. In 1940, she joined Douglas Memorial Community Church, where she belonged until her death.

She married Ralph L. Chambers before World War II. They divorced in 1949.

After working at Western Electric, Mrs. Chambers was hired to be a claims clerk at the Social Security Administration. Later she worked for the Health Care Finance Administration, from which she retired in 1986 as a program manager.

She enjoyed traveling in Europe and Asia. Last summer, she and her daughter took a cruise on the Queen Mary 2. "We crossed the pond," said her daughter, Jewell C. Chambers of Baltimore. "We had an absolute ball."

Mrs. Chambers was a member of TWIGS, Twelve Women Interested in Giving Service.

Services were Thursday.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a stepbrother, Steptoe Curry of Baltimore; and two stepsisters, Bea C. Flint and Jean C. Jones, both of Baltimore.

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