Cora Jeanette Chamblin, 96, of Manzanola, Colo., passed away Friday, Sept. 4, at her residence.
Cora was born in Hazelhurst, Ga., on April 23, 1924, a daughter of the late Lillian (Dunn) and John Duncan Stone.
She was the widow of Murment "Rusty" Byers Chamblin, they were married on Feb. 2, 1941 in Hazelhurst.
How do you pay tribute to a woman who worked from the minute she rose in the early morning until she went to bed every single day, washing clothes for a big family on a fire in a tub outside with a wash board.
A woman who had none of the conveniences we have today. Starching and ironing all those clothes, made fresh bread every day, hauled water into the house for cooking, bathing, and cleaning. Keeping wood and coal in a wood-burning stove to cook on and to heat all that water. Kept her children clean before herding them off to school with them fighting and arguing amongst one another with just a bop on the head instead of a good spanking. Made sure the garden was weeded until she harvested it for days of canning and preserving; even at 90, she was fighting the irrigation water.
So we pay tribute to our wonderful, kind mom who did what she had to do to keep us safe and secure.
Cora Jeanette Chamblin was born in Hazelhurst into a family that raised cotton and tobacco. She preferred working in those fields rather than doing inside-the-house chores.
Cora met her husband at the age of 17 when a cousin came home from the army base on leave and brought his friend, Rusty, with him. They were married after a short courtship in February, 1941. In December, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and after 10 months of marriage, her new husband was whisked off to war, leaving a pregnant Cora behind.
After he came home from the war, they moved to Colorado, living in Pueblo for a few years before moving to Manzanola in 1958 to a small farm one half mile south of Manzanola. She loved Manzanola and that little farm very much.
With most of her children grown, Cora went to work. She was the cook at the Rancher’s Café in Manzanola for many ears and being a wonderful cook, they missed her when she retired. She made the best pies in the valley. We cannot count the times people would show up unannounced at dinnertime, including holidays, and she would welcome them to our table.
Cora loved camping, fishing, gardening, and later, slot machines. Rusty would take her trekking to remote places in the mountains, and she enjoyed every minute of it.
Yes, Cora was, to use her niece’s words, “STROFT” soft and sweet, strong underneath, and her family thought she hung the moon.
Special thanks to Arkansas Valley Hospice, who helped us keep her in the home she loved.
She is survived by:
Son Murment "Cap" (Wanda) Chamblin, Jr., of Lamar, Colo.;
Daughter Phoebe Reese, of Manzanola, Colo.;
Daughter Elinda Roe, of Manzanola.;
Son Ernest (Tecla) Chamblin, of Fowler, Colo.;
Daughter Mary Jo (David) Zimmerman, of Manzanola;
Son Eddie (Mary Jane) Chamblin, of Alabama;
Son Duncan (Carol) Chamblin, of Manzanola;
Sister Jessie Flickinger, of Raleigh, N.C.
She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Cora was preceded in death by her parents; husband; several brothers and sisters; two grandchildren: Sherri Rice and Stephen "Duke" Rice; daughter-in-law: Judith Chamblin; two sons-in-law: Neil Reese and Paul Roe.
There will be a viewing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Ford-Ustick Funeral Home in Rocky Ford, Colo. There will be a private graveside service at the Ft. Lyon National Cemetery in Las Animas, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Valley Hospice; 531 Lewis, La Junta, CO 81050.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ford - Ustick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.