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Rita Chamberlain Obituary, Drug Free Manatee

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rebecca Roberts
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Rita M Chamberlain

October 15, 1953 – December 1, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we express our heartfelt condolences to Rita M. Chamberlain’s family, friends, and colleagues upon her passing December 1, 2018 due to complications from recurring colon cancer.  Rita was the Executive Director/CFO of Manatee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (dba Drug Free Manatee). 

Rita was born in Connecticut.  She attended Colgate University in Hamilton, NY graduating with honors in English in 1975 - the second class of women to graduate from the University since it became co-ed in 1970.

In her professional career, Rita worked for several organizations focused on women’s advocacy. While living in Nashua, NH, she worked for Women Infants and Children (WIC) and Girls Inc. Rita relocated to Florida in 2003, working for the Opera as Development Director prior to becoming the Associate Director of Drug Free Manatee. 

Rita is survived by her two daughters, Kathryn Roberts of Santa Fe, NM and Jennifer Isaacs of Pleasant Hill, CA, and their husbands, Tal-ee Roberts and Ray Isaacs; her grandson, Joshua Isaacs; her sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Bill Domago of New Smyrna Beach, FL; and many other extended family, friends and co-workers in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. She is pre-deceased by her parents, Mary and Bill Everts.

Rita was a beloved champion for prevention in her community, as well as a devoted prevention advocate in the state and federal level.  Her work in the field of prevention was always second to none and it will continue to impact the residents of Manatee County and, indeed, the entire State of Florida.  She was a gifted person who worked to make communities safe and prevent substance abuse across the lifespan.  Her legacy is an inspiration to those who continue the important work of substance abuse prevention.

She is remembered as a fearless and compassionate woman who, regardless of how difficult the path or how challenging the odds, never gave up.  Her wit, courage, and devotion to family, friends, and career were the trademarks of a life well lived.