Joyce Erbe Chamberlain

  • Born: January 16, 1927
  • Died: February 3, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

An accomplished musician, educator, and counselor

Joyce Erbe Chamberlain, age 92, passed away on February 3, 2019 in San Antonio. An accomplished musician, educator, and counselor, Chamberlain was known for her warmth of spirit and passion for life. A native of San Antonio and life long member of Grace Lutheran San Antonio, she enjoyed our city's rich history, natural beauty, and animal life. She was especially dedicated to the well- being and adoption of stray animals.

Chamberlain, whose degrees include a Bachelor of Music, Master of Education, and Master of the Arts, studied at Our Lady of the Lake University, the University of the Incarnate Word, the Pipe Organ Institute of Andover, Trinity, St. Mary's, and Syracuse Universities.

At age 20, she played the pipe organ for services at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Antonio. Throughout her long career, Chamberlain taught music privately and at numerous schools including Ursuline Academy, where she also supervised other teachers, Irving Junior High, Brackenridge High, where she also served as counselor, and Sam Houston High. She was part-time faculty at Trinity University, held a supervisory position for 30 counselors, and was on the Advisory Committee for the Department of Clinical Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University. For 27 years, Chamberlain served on the Board of Directors at Firstmark Credit Union and was Audit Chairman.

Joyce Chamberlain was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Stevens, and father Clifford Robertson Chamberlain. She is survived by cousins Richard Steinfeldt of Comfort, TX, and Vicki Ford of Richmond, VA.

Ms. Chamberlain was a devoted friend to all who knew her, including numerous students, colleagues, and her most beloved care givers.

The family will receive friends from 6:30-9:00 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at Porter Loring McCullough.

11:00 AM

Interment in San Fernando Cemetery No. 3. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to S.C.A.T., Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My dear Ms Joyce Erbe Chamberlain, we could never forget what a wonderful Lady and teacher we had in those days in class. Frances and I were in your choir class at Brackenridge in 1959. We will deeply miss you, we loved all the Christmas cards we received thru the years from you, and will be our fondest memories. Our heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Frances Hernandez Araiza and Jesus Araiza (210) 668-7132

Posted by Frances Hernandez Araiza - San Antionio, TX - Student   March 25, 2020

My dear Joyce you were a vert special friend to me always remember your kindness and cheerfulness you will be missed love Kathleen

Posted by A friend   February 16, 2019

Ms Chamberlain, ever the gracious lady, will make a wonderful addition to God's heavenly choir of angels and should be directing them in no time at all.Bar

Posted by Barbara Toscano Stewart - San Antonio, TX - student   February 13, 2019

Miss Joyce,

You will certainly be missed sweet lady. I am deeply grateful for your kindness, care, support and concern for both my Mother and myself. It was a joy and honor to know you and to have had the pleasure of knowing you. May you Rest in Peace with our Lord and Savior. I know your family is rejoicing as they welcome you home in Heaven. Lucille is surely thrilled to be reunited with her devoted friend as well. My condolences to your family and friends.

Posted by Shirley Kraft - San Antonio, TX   February 12, 2019

How could we forget Joyce Chamberlain, a wonderful choir director at Ursuline Academy, a sweet friend to all. A few years ago Charles and I returned to San Antonio and as I looked through our neighborhood directory, I found Miss Chamberlain again. I called her and from then we talked on the phone several times, met for breakfast at Nadlers and she visited with other Ursulinas here at home. RIP Miss Chamberlain, Joyce.

Posted by Maria Aurora Cuellar - San Antonio, TX   February 11, 2019

Miss Chamberlain was the choral teacher at Brackenridge High in the early 60s. While she was not my teacher; I met her while co-chairing the Super 60s Brackenridge Reunion about 20 years ago. Since then, we had frequent eye to eye and phone visits; every one of them was an absolute delight!

Two of the attached pictures were taken a couple of years ago and the newspaper clipping is from The 1962 Brackenridge Times, our High School newspaper.

The last time we spoke was early December; we had a long lovely phone visit for what must have been 90 minutes! We touched on and discussed many subjectsmusic and the arts, of course; faith and life values; politics, friends, her health, her caretakers, Brackenridge High and others.

I will forever treasure our relationship and hold dear her memory; Miss C, my dear friend, you have a very special place in my heart; you will be greatly missed.
Of this I am sure, Heaven is a better place because of your presence; sing away, Miss Chamberlain!

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2019

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Posted by Richard A Alvarado    February 10, 2019

Ms Chamberlain was my Choir Director during my senior year at Brackenridge in 1959. She was stern but extremely fair and knew her music. She has always played a big part in my fondest memories of high school. She will be missed greatly.

Posted by Frederick Xavier Serna - San Antonio, TX   February 10, 2019


Ms. Chamberlain was a dear and wonderful lady who gracefully dedicated more than 25 years to Firstmark Credit Union as a director, board treasurer, and audit committee chair. Though she retired from the Board in 2012, time can never erase her legacy and the impact she had on our credit union, our members, and our hearts. She will be deeply missed! Our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.

Posted by Firstmark Credit Union - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 08, 2019

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