April 23, 1924 - October 11, 2016
Austin, Texas | Age 92
Lucile Dorsett Chamberlain, age 92, died peacefully Tuesday, October 11, 2016. She was born on April 23, 1924 to Emma Estelle Lee Dorsett and John Bee Dorsett in Austin, Texas. Cile was one of the youngest of ten siblings. Her father died early in her life and her mother and brothers and sisters settled in what later became Tarrytown. They built several houses on Ash Street near Lake Austin (which later was renamed Bonnie Road), so Cile grew up surrounded by family. She attended Austin schools, graduating from Austin High.
Cile's energy and work ethic developed early. When she was 13, her sister owned and operated a restaurant in downtown Austin. This was very near the central Fire station, so was frequented by firemen eating lunch. At thirteen, Cile waited tables and remembers that as the fire alarm would sound, the men would jump up and run out, lifting her out of the way as they left! Following high school, Cile and a good friend went to work for Scarborough's department store downtown. Cile loved fashion and bargains, two traits that took her to Scarborough's and were evident all of her life. She dressed with flair and hunted for bargains throughout her lifetime.
On Christmas day of 1946, Cile married Walter Stirling Chamberlain. They built a house on Bonnie Road next to Cile's mother and across the street from older siblings. They raised their two sons, Don and Ed from this neighborhood. They were an active family in the community. They were members of Tarrytown Baptist Church and later, Hyde Park Baptist. They enjoyed years of membership in the Austin Club. Cile was active in the Symphony League, holding leadership positions. Many of Cile's fondest memories were of casual gatherings with best friends, sitting under the pecan tree in the back yard, while the kids played up and down the block. She was an avid game lover … all kinds of games. The thrill of luck and chance and the possibility of winning always excited Cile. She and Walter played dominos, 42 and Bridge with different groups. Later they kept their interest up by playing the hand of Bridge from the newspaper each morning.
As Walter progressed through the Austin banking industry, Cile was his loyal partner. However, ever independent, she also worked for most of her adult life. She worked for the State of Texas for over 20 years and enjoyed an insider view of the political side of Austin. She became the Director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, managing the logistics of the association and helping the members as they entered and progressed in their careers. After retiring from the State, Cile was not finished! She obtained her real estate license and loved selling homes in Austin.
Cile is survived by her two sons and their wives, Don and Betsy Chamberlain and Ed and Liz Chamberlain. Also seven grandchildren, Douglas, Patrick, Thomas, Meg, Jared, Morgan and Michelle and was blessed to see four great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Caroline, Hannah and Ben.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday October 17th, at Austin Memorial Park cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM in the Chapel at Hyde Park Baptist Church.
Cile was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a good friend to many. She will be greatly missed, but her family knows that she is home safely now, reunited with Walter and her family.