Rolyne Rae Adams Chamberlain passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 17,
2023, at the age of 77.
Rolyne was born with her twin, Ralph, to Ralph Harry Adams and Hilda Cora Howard on October 19, 1945. She grew up in Santa Maria, California. Her father was a photographer and magician and Rolyne and her siblings often served as assistants for his magic shows. After graduating high school, she attended Brigham Young University where she met and married Ronald Edward Chamberlain. They married in the Los Angeles Temple on January 25, 1966. She and Ron welcomed eight children into their home but there are many others who call them mom and dad. Ron preceded her in death in 2005 leaving her a widow at age 60. She filled her time serving her children and grandchildren and making coclote chip cocise. She then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington Federal Way Mission. She served faithfully from December 2014-May 2016.
Rolyne was a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ and never missed an opportunity to testify of Him, even in her final days while she was in pain. She loved studying her scriptures and spent her life seeking answers in prayer. She loved long gospel discussions with her son Doug. She spent her life serving in just about every calling in the church and loved teaching children.
Rolyne lived life gracefully and with compassion and optimism. She faced challenges in her life with a cheerful disposition and helped others to do the same. She often called for the back seat, middle hump as though it was the most coveted spot in the car. She excused poor drivers on the road as they “might be holding a fishbowl and trying not to spill any water.” She passed away just two weeks after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. She accepted her diagnosis as a new “adventure” and never wavered in her faith. Her light will be greatly missed, but we are grateful she was reunited with her husband after 17 years apart and for the legacy of love and faithfulness she left.
She loved music and it played an important role in her life. From a very early age she loved singing with her sisters while they did their chores and claims that this is when she learned to harmonize. She made several requests of her own children to sing The Family Song regardless of how many times they told her they didn’t want to. Her children loved watching her make banana pancakes on Sunday mornings while leading music with her spatula.
Rolyne loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor. She often giggled uncontrollably while relating the shenanigans of her friend, Elena. She filled her home with laughter and it was always a safe and fun place to be. Her favorite way to collect the kids was by shouting, “Everyone with the last name Chamberlain, get in the van!” She loved playing games with her kids and grandkids and never passed up an opportunity. She was the perfect sidekick for dad’s humor and would pretend to be indignant at some of his teasing.
She is survived by eight children–Jeff (Marti) Chamberlain, Keri (Bill) Brewer, Doug (Emily) Chamberlain, Scott (Karin) Chamberlain, Lori (Rob) Burnett, Kaylene (Daniel) Wells, Ross (Emily) Chamberlain, and Ned (Rachel) Chamberlain – 37 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, sisters Verona, Joann, Maxine, and Shirley, brothers Mitch and Evon, and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Ron, her parents, her sweet sister Loraine, her twin Ralph, and a brother Don Alvin, leaving Shirley as the last of “the little kids.”
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the LDS Chapel located at 20415 E. Chandler Heights Road, Queen Creek, Arizona, 85142. A viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., with funeral services beginning at 6 pm. Graveside services will be held in American Fork, Utah, at the American Fork City Cemetery (26 W. 600 N., American Fork, UT) on April 29, 2023, at 11 AM.