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Ethel Chambers commanded respect; Akron woman will be missed

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: August 14, 2014

When Ethel Chambers stood up to speak at Akron City Council meetings, a hush fell over the chambers.

Though Mrs. Chambers was small in stature, she commanded respect from the council members who were aware of her many years of community activism. Often, she didn't say much, unlike other speakers, because she chose her words cafefully. But, what she said mattered.

Mrs. Chambers, 89, died Saturday of kidney failure. The Beacon Journal's Marilyn Miller wrote a feature obituary on Chambers that is in the local section today. Miller describes Mrs. Chambers as feisty and "small but bold" -- an apt description.

My only regret is that I didn't have the chance to do a profile on Mrs. Chambers before she passed. Her name is still on the list of story ideas I have taped to my computer. I'll keep it on the list in her honor.



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