"It is not the quantity of years one lives, but the quality of life that is important."
In Loving Memory
Our Mother, Odessa Chambliss was born July 6, 1933 to the late Johnny and Willie Lee Perry in Dublin GA. She confessed her faith at an early age and was baptized in the Sandyford Baptist Church.
She came to New Jersey in the late 1950’s, was a loving mother and always a friend to many. Our mother was a member of the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jersey City, NJ and sang in the Gospel Chorus for many years. Because of her loving and nurturing ways she was known to many of our friends and others as Mom. She worked for many years as a Nurse which fitted her warm and caring personality. Her patients and coworkers knew her by the proud appearance she displayed and for her love of God. No matter where she was, Odessa was always telling someone about Jesus as she helped and comforted them during their illness. Her motto and greeting was “Praise the Lord”. She worked for many years at several medical facilities in the Jersey City area and retired after 23 years from Greenville Hospital in June 1995. Odessa believed until the end of her life that Jesus is the answer. When asked in her last days how she was doing, her reply was “If I keep my hand in God’s hand, I know everything will be alright.” She departed this life on April 2, 1996 and we were left with these words to live by (told to us by her doctor):
“It is not the quantity of years a person lives but the quality of life that matters.” With this in mind we endeavor to try and add quality to those lives we touch through the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund.
Let me tell you a little about the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund which was established in memory of our family’s greatest matriarch who worked in the nursing profession for 16 years in the state of New Jersey.
After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1993, Odessa continued to work for as long as she was physically able. It was early 1995 when Odessa’s health began to decline and she was unable to work. Her primary physician informed us (her children) that the staff had done all that was medically possible and said, “from this point on, it would not be the quantity of life your mother has, but the quality of what is left of her life that will make a difference to all of you.”
Our mother passed away peacefully on April 2, 1996 after fighting a serious battle with the deadly disease we call cancer.
In her honor, we developed and vowed to use this particular fund to provide grant supplementation for individuals pursuing a career in nursing, and to assist those students who require incidentals such as medical supplies, laptop computers and necessities that are not accessible through basic tuitions.
Additionally, this fund will provide monetary scholarships for education and cancer research at institutions and facilities that identify an urgent need for assistance.