Doris Chamberlain Hunsaker, an 89-year-old lifetime resident of Rupert, passed away and was reunited with her sweetheart, Ross, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
Doris was born August 15, 1931, to Ira LeGrand and Dora Frances Moncur Chamberlain. She was the eighth of 13 children and grew up in a loving home. Doris worked in a variety of places in the area from King’s Department Store to a dress shop on the east side of the square.
During high school, she loved to perform with her friends in a vocal sextet and they were often asked to perform at functions in the community. One of her favorite things was to attend both church and big-band dances held at the Y-Dell Bowl. It was at one of these dances where she met Ross Hunsaker, the love of her life, and we know they are dancing together now.
Doris and Ross were married on February 28, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple and soon welcomed four children into their home; Bruce, Deon, Sheryl, and Karleen. Being a mother and homemaker was the joy of her life! She worked in a scale house during harvest and then began doing payroll for Amalgamated Sugar Company. Together, she and Ross started a grand farming adventure, Mainline Ranches, Inc. As they grew sugar beets, wheat, and potatoes, Doris jumped in and handled book work, drove 10-wheelers, and even Steiger tractors. She loved to read, to watch flowers bloom and to observe birds and squirrels. Her greatest joy was her family.
Doris was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the ripe old age of 11 she served as secretary of the Sunday School until she graduated from high school, and then in Primary and Cub Scouts. As a member of the stake Relief Society board she created and enjoyed lifelong friendships. Doris had a deep and abiding testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ and His Gospel. When Ross was severely injured in a snowmobile accident, she tenderly cared for him night and day for 22 months until he passed away. She was a quiet example of service, kindness and unconditional love.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross; parents; brothers and sisters, Jack (Etta), Lola (Don) Whittaker, Vern, Verl, Marjorie, Donald Clyde, Lawrence, Marion, Jerry, and Richard Chamberlain; brothers-in-law, Blaine Rasmussen, Richard Paoli, C. Roy Jensen, Fred Barras, and Alan Dale Hunsaker; and a sister-in-law, Velda Barras.
She is survived by her brother, Rex Chamberlain; sister, Marie (Duane) Trebilcock; sisters-in-law, Bhu Kam Chamberlain, Lois Rasmussen, Shirley Paoli, Carole Jensen, Nelma (Lewis) Abrams, Beth (Dennis) Loosli, and Susanne Hunsaker; and her children, Bruce (Becky) Hunsaker of Burley, Deon (Blaine) Cook of Rupert, Sheryl (Darrell) Koyle of Rupert, and Karleen (Bruce) Stevens of Bountiful, Utah. In addition, she was blessed with 35 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and six great-great grandchildren, with one on the way. Although, any friends of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren left her home an honorary grandchild.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Rupert West Stake Center, located at 26 S. 100 W., in Rupert, with Bishop Derik L. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Rupert Cemetery.
Friends and family will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and at the church on Saturday, from 1 until 1:45 p.m. preceding the service.
The family suggests memorials be directed to the Minidoka County Senior Center, 702 11th St., Rupert, ID 83350.
A webcast will be available at rasmussenfuneralhome.com.