Heard Chamberlain, Boston’s China Trade Descendant, at 103
August 6, 1915 - June 21, 2019 at Sherrill House in Jamaica Plain.
Born in Ipswich, in the middle of World War I (The Great War), Marileeds
(“Heardie”) moved to France at age 4 and spent her primary school years
studying in convents in Paris and Geneva respectively, along with her
now-deceased brother John Heard and sister Grace Heard (Haffner). She
returned to her family’s native Ipswich as a preteen, where she attended
local schools. She spent her high school years at the all-girls St.
Catherine’s School in Richmond Virginia.
was a great-grand niece of Augustine Heard of Ipswich, renowned for his
involvement in Boston’s China Trade during the mid-nineteenth century and
for his patronage of the Town of Ipswich, where he used his wealth to
build the town’s library. She was the youngest daughter of John and Grace
for her vibrant personality, love of entertaining and dedicated work
ethic, Marileeds owned and managed
The Harbor Shop in Manchester-by-the-Sea, from the early 1960s to the
late 1970s. She relished her trips to New York City’s Seventh Avenue,
where she purchased an inventory of clothes so fashionable that women
living on the North Shore of Boston could buy high-fashion outfits and
ensembles without having to go to Boston’s Newbury Street.
alpine skiing, competitive bridge, fashion, entertaining, needlepoint, and
interacting with people. She also loved dogs and was never without one at
her feet. Her boundless energy, positive attitude and love of learning
probably contributed to her long life.
married for 27 years to renowned thoracic surgeon John Maxwell
Chamberlain, M.D., who died suddenly in 1968 in a car crash. She has three
surviving children: John (“Jock”) Heard Chamberlain of Yotala, Bolivia;
Marileeds (“Leeds”) Chamberlain of Seattle, Washington; and Brooke Heard
Chamberlain Cook of Brookline. She is also survived by four nieces: Cordis
Heard of Chicago, Illinois and Lise Heard Smidt of Florida, to whom she
was their “Aunt Booty”; Mary Rutledge Haffner Lee of Brookline, and
Hillary Haffner Kaufman of Bellevue, Washington, to whom she was their
“Tante Marie”. She is the grandmother of eight grandchildren: John Maxwell
(“Max”) Chamberlain and Catherine Alexandra (“Alex”) Chamberlain (Billet)
of Columbus, Ohio and Cristina Chamberlain of Yotala, Bolivia; Pia
Francisca Jen-ai DeCano and Policarpio (“Polo”) Augustine DeCano of
Seattle, Washington; Sarah Adams Pope DaRosa (now deceased) of Brookline;
and J. Ransom Cook and William Cummings Cook, both of Jamaica Plain. She
has seven great-grandchildren.
will have a private graveside service in Ipswich, on July 27, 2019,
followed by a reception for family and friends at Noon at the Myopia Hunt
Club in South Hamilton.
lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to the
Ipswich Public Library Children’s Section at 25
North Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938
or to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347
Highland Avenue, Salem MA 01970
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