She graduated from Fulton High School and had attended business school in Oswego. She had worked in Hannibal Central School District cafeterias for many years retiring in 1984. She resided on Auburn Street in Hannibal for over 50 years.
She was a member of the former Hannibal Community Church, which is now God’s Vision Christian Church, where she was superintendent of the Sunday school program for 25 years. She also sang in the church choir and had served as an officer in the women’s association, as church treasurer and as a deacon.
She was active and held various offices in the Order of the Eastern Star, Hannibal Senior Citizens and Hannibal Historical Society.
She enjoyed traveling, cooking, baking, sewing and interacting with her children, grandchildren and especially her great-grandchildren.
Her husband of 47 years, Neil Burleigh Chaffee, predeceased her in 1989.
Surviving are her son, James (Faith) Chaffee of Sterling; daughters, Carol (Lowell) Newvine of Hannibal, Muriel (Warren) Barkley of Three Mile Bay, and Donna (Jerry) Blake of Hannibal; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura Stock of Baldwinsville, Mary Earle of Phoenix, and Marjorie (Donald) Strine of North Chili; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours and services were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal.
Contributions may be made to the Meadowbrook Manor Activities Fund, 31 Oswego Street, Hannibal, 13074 or to God’s Vision Christian Church, P.O. Box 69, Hannibal, 13074.