Martha Ann Chambers (nee Lodwick)
June 27, 1924 – May 22, 2014
Martha Ann Chambers (nee Lodwick) went to be with the Lord on May 22, 2014 at the age of 89 in her home at Avalon Square, Waukesha. She was the loving and fun mother of Lynn (Eric) Delzer of Waukesha, Charles (Gail) Hughson of Wayland, Mass., and David Hughson of Kirkwood, Mo.; and proud Nana to Bill (Mary) Delzer, Jim Delzer, Chuck (Martine Lemieux) Hughson, Andy Hughson, Kate (Rob) Mellon and Andrew Hughson. Her five great-grandsons Andrew, Henry, Charles, Timothy and Luke made her eyes sparkle. She leaves behind her sister-in-law Helen “Pat” Lodwick of Danville, Iowa. She will be missed by many wonderful relatives and friends.
She was born in Evanston, Ill., on June 27, 1924, the daughter of the late William G. and Florence (nee Seeley) Lodwick and devoted sister of the late Seeley G. Lodwick. She was also preceded in death by Ethel Lodwick.
Martha spent her growing up years in Winnetka, Ill., and attended New Trier HS until moving to Centerville, Iowa. She graduated from Gulf Park College, Gulf Port, Miss. Martha proudly attended and graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1946. She married Charles E. Hughson V in 1947. They lived and raised their family in Mt. Prospect, Ill. Later she married Royce “Scotty” Chambers and moved to St. Charles, Mo. She also enjoyed spending time in her second home in Sun City, Ariz. She came to live in Waukesha at Avalon Square in 2005. Throughout her life, Martha kept a smile on her face, was gracious and fun to everyone she met, and never lost her sense of humor.
Martha had deep roots in the family farm in southeast Iowa, which brought her great joy and she loved talking about “the crops.” In her career, she worked for the Girl Scouts, was a nursery school teacher and event coordinator, traveled for Iowa Wesleyan College Development, and was active in her church life. She found great pleasure being in her gardens and arranging flowers. Martha was a sister of P.E.O. (promoting women’s education) for 70 years, a member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Waukesha, a member of the Welsh Club and the Ikebana flower group. She loved talking about sports and especially loved the Olympics. She was proud to be an American, and was a longstanding member of the Republican Party. She had worked on several presidential campaigns.
The family extends a warm and heartfelt thank you for the care and attention Martha received from Dr. Martin Kern, the Avalon Square staff, and the caregivers of Seasons Hospice.
A celebration of Martha’s life will be held June 8, at Avalon Square, 222 Park Place, Waukesha. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. followed by a service at 4 p.m. A burial service will take place June 9, at Sharon Church in Lee County, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Martha’s name may be given to Iowa Wesleyan College, 601 N. Main St., Mount Pleasant, IA 52641; P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312; Avalon Square (see address above); or the charity of your choice.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.