lives at the top of a little hill in San Diego, California. The house is modest, but the view is generous. From her second-floor windows, she looks west to Mission Bay, beyond which unfolds the Pacific Ocean, and she looks south to her childhood.
A native Spanish speaker, Ms. Chaffee grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she attended Sunday School at a branch Church of Christ, Scientist. There she learned about the scientific system of divine healing—Christian Science—the Science based on Christ Jesus' healings that was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Journal. She not only experienced the healing power of God's law, she felt the impulse of divine Love nourish within her a desire to help and heal others.
In 1960, Chaffee moved to the United States and put down roots in Houston, Texas. She first advertised in the Journal as a Christian Science practitioner in 1978 and became an authorized teacher in 1982. As a member of the Board of Lectureship from 1983 to 1988, she spoke about God's healing power and presence to audiences throughout the US, Central and South America, Great Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal. Boston was home base from 1988 to 2001, during which time Chaffee served The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in different roles—first as Editor of the Spanish radio and television programs of The Christian Science Herald, then as a member of The Christian Science Board of Directors. During her tenure as Director, she was also the Clerk of The Mother Church, and for a time worked with the Board of Education, too.