Sally Louise Tracy Chamberlain, 86, of Ferrisburg


FERRISBURG — Sally Chamberlain left this earthly realm on Feb. 1, 2023. She was born on May 4, 1936, to Scott and Hilda (Palmer) Tracy, in Charlotte, Vt. She was the youngest of six children.

She is survived by her husband, Paul of sixty-four years, her daughter, Tracy Haviland (Dave); son Todd Chamberlain (Michelle); grandchildren Grace and AJ Chamberlain; sister Joyce Jackson; and best friend Jan Raymond, who has always been like a sister to her. She was predeceased by her parents, infant sister Marian, infant son Paul Jr.; sisters Jane Jewel and Nita Murray, and brother Robert Tracy. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as an amazing group of friends.

Sally grew up in a farming family. During some summers she helped on the farm of her Uncle Albert and Aunt Doris DeVine. She learned how to drive a team of draft horses, pulling a wagon of hay up a very steep hill. When Uncle Albert advanced to a tractor, she noted that the horses did a better job!

Sally attended Vergennes High School, and worked at Simmonds in Vergennes, and General Electric in Burlington. When Sally married Paul, they made their home in Ferrisburg Center, where they raised their two children. In 1980, the family moved to the home that they designed and built on Shellhouse Mountain in Ferrisburg.

In 1960, it was decided that Sally would race the stock car belonging to her father-in-law Harley and his brother Harold in a Powder Puff event at a local track. Her aggressive tactics gave her the win.

Sally greatly enjoyed live music, and played the guitar and sang. She was an avid deer hunter, with good results! Fishing was also a favorite with her. In 1966, she and Paul built a camp in Bristol Notch, where she was able to do plenty of hunting and fishing, especially for trout. Travel was important to her. She and Paul visited family as far away as Kansas and California. Closer to home, they spent much time in Ogunquit, Maine. Taking rides to explore the countryside was a regular activity. They also went on cruises to Jamaica and twice to Bermuda.

Sally befriended many people in her lifetime. That was her joy, and truly what she will be remembered for most.

There will be visiting hours at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Friday, Feb. 10, between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church in North Ferrisburg on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. There will be a reception following, including a luncheon, at the American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes. ◊


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