With pride, hope, inspiration and a broken heart we announce the passing of our sweet angel Sara Frances "Sadie" Chambers (née MacDonald) on January 18, 2022 at Hospice House in Fredericton, New Brunswick after a courageous and inspiring nine-month journey with stage-four lung cancer. Born on October 19th, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John and Eileen (née Lamb) MacDonald and was the loving wife for 60-years to the late Roland (Rolly) Chambers.
She had strong faith and left her blessed indelible mark on everyone she met. She was a coal miner’s daughter from a coal mining town of New Waterford, Cape Breton. She learned early the value of hard work, sacrifice, making ends meet. Being in a coal mining town during a time of economic depression and war, she toughened up early because of worry, pain and heartache. She also learned early of helping, sacrificing and serving family and friends. She was a free spirit with a "mustang heart" and broke down the fences around her constantly. Independent, strong willed, feisty at times, competitive, big heart, prankster and loved to make people laugh. She had music in her soul and loved to sing, play darts, cards and softball and watch the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. She was tough as nails, strong as an ox, stubborn as a mule, tenacious as a bulldog with a heart of gold.
It’s fitting that she is now singing and dancing with the love of her life Rolly, a professional musician who passed away with dementia just five weeks ago. One without the other just isn’t the same and their ashes and souls are joined together. Their beautiful love story continues on and will forever be a part of all who knew them.
They lived in Toronto until 1979 when Sadie and her family returned to her roots in Cape Breton. She met many famous singers including Carroll Baker, Loretta Lynn, Jean Shephard.
Always an extra plate at the table and an extra bed at the house. She was a caretaker both professionally and personally her entire life. She cared for others, including her mama, sister and brother during their final days and months. She was always thinking of others by giving gifts and loved Christmas.
In 2010, Sadie and Rolly moved to Lincoln, NB. She also adored a special group of friends she met with once a week.
Sadie will be dearly missed by her children, Robin (Don) White, Darrell (Shannon) Chambers, Cheryle (Jack) Carr and shared, chosen son Cory (Jaime) McDonald. She was the best "Nan" to her grandchildren: Shara (Andy), Tyler (Bladen), Jesse, Hunter (Autumn), Bobbie, Cory, and "Nanty" to Sydney, Corson, and Chase. Great-grandchildren Raya, AJ, Kalli, Carson, and Eli. Her sisters Vera McDonald and Theresa Perfect. Sisters-in-law Bunny Geary, Hazel Tonary, Nan Chambers and Nina Chambers and brother-in-law Raymond (Sharon) Chambers. And many, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends (too many to mention) who she loved and cherished so much. Sadie’s relationship with many cousins was a bond like that of a sibling. Likewise, she was like a mother to many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, Sadie is predeceased by her sister Dorothy Parr and brothers Raymond and Gus MacDonald. Sisters-in-law Midge MacDonald, Dorothy MacDonald. Brothers-in-law Danny Perfect, Herb Geary, Ronnie Chambers, Ralph Chambers, and Walter Chambers. And best friend and partner in crime Clara Pasher.
The family would like to extend special thanks to all of the health care providers including Extra-Mural, Integrity Home Care, Hospice House, the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, the Saint John Regional Hospital and oncology team, the Fredericton Palliative Care Team, paramedics and family doctor Dr. John Richardson and his team. As well as the Department of Social Development.
Sadie’s undeniable faith in the Lord left no doubt where she was going. Sadie and Rolly’s wonderful life will be celebrated together at a later date in the summer when family and friends can gather safely.
For those who wish, remembrances may be made to a charity of their choice.