Marliss E. Chatham
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Marliss E. Chatham
  • December 14, 1937 - August 17, 2017
  • Chicago, Illinois

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Marliss Elaine Chatham, 79, was welcomed home to Heaven on August 17th, 2017 from Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, IL. Her sincere faith in Jesus Christ gave her peace beyond human comprehension. Throughout the duration of her battle with leukemia, this divine peace was evident in that her spirit was never despondent. She kept her attitude positive and even managed to maintain her sense of humor. This was truly remarkable strength which God gave to her.

She was born to Oliver and Gladys Isaacson on December 14th, 1937 and raised in Loomis, Nebraska with her sister Marilyn. She studied at Kearney College before moving to Chicago to work for the Evangelical Covenant Church. She married her beloved husband John at Immanuel Church and later worked for Northeastern Illinois University while raising her two boys, David and Michael. She enjoyed playing the piano throughout the duration of her life, and most recently she played at Brynford Bible Church and the Covenant Home of Chicago.

Marliss's favorite places to frequent were Dunkin Donuts (where she enjoyed eating munchkin donuts with her grandson Noah), Original Pancake House, Baker's Square, and Egg Harbor Café. She loved window shopping and the Brown Elephant resale shop. She was very frugal and always found great deals. She dearly loved her countless friends and would regularly host the ladies at her house for lunch.

Marliss loved returning to her home state of Nebraska every year. She never enjoyed flying, nor did she like driving long distances. So, she only had one other option: Amtrak where she would undoubtedly meet someone new and talk the whole way. Marliss would return to Nebraska each year to visit her closest friends from childhood. And of course, she would visit her sister Marilyn each trip. She would also call Marilyn faithfully each and every Sunday.

She was preceded in death by her husband John and is survived by her sister Marilyn, son David, son Michael and wife Mindy and her grandchildren Noah and Naomi. She loved her children and grandchildren fiercely and was always ready to show off a new photo or video to anyone who would look. Marliss always boasted about her children; she said her kids were her greatest gift from the Lord.

Marliss's love for people and making new friends was reflected in just how many churches she visited and attended regularly. Some of the more recent churches included Bethel Community Church, Ravenswood Covenant Church, Harvest Bible Chapel, and Brynford Bible Church.