Mrs. Mary Sue Chamberlin Doorn, age 76, formerly of Rockford , MI , died Saturday afternoon, October 13, 2012, peacefully and surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Thomas Walker Chamberlin and Suzanne Marrin Chamberlin, born on April 18, 1936 in Grand Rapids . Mary graduated from Ottawa Hills High School , Grand Rapids Junior College , and the University of Michigan . She was an elementary teacher. After her marriage to Dr. Allen Doorn, they moved to Neah Bay in Washington State where Allen worked as a Dentist for the US Public Health Service on the Macaw Indian Reservation, and later in Detroit , MI , and then settled in Rockford . Mary is survived by her husband, Dr. Allen Doorn; her children, Amy and John Beauchamp of Pennsauken, NJ, Susan and Phil deHaan of Grand Rapids, Melanie and Gabe Konrad of Ensley Center; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; sister-in-law, Mrs. Patricia Chamberlin. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas M. Chamberlin.
Mary enjoyed being a wife, mother, and grandmother and brought passion and precision to all three roles. She assisted her husband in his Cedar Springs dental practice in the early years of their marriage. Later in life she doted on her grandkids, spotted many a deal at local garage sales and added immensely with the contribution of both her time and talents to the nursery of her home church of Blythefield Christian Reformed Church . The Service for Mrs. Doorn will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Drive Northeast, Rockford , MI 49341, with Pastor Darrin J.B. Compagner officiating. Interment in Plainfield Township Cemetery . Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Blythefield Christian Reformed Church. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and prior to the service on Wednesday from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m at Blythefied CRC. Because God has said,’Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,’ so we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.”
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