PORTLAND — Marie Jane Taplin passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 10.
She was born Sept. 8, 1947. Marie spent all her years in Maine. She grew up at first in Portland and then moved to Falmouth, where her family settled for the remainder of her childhood. She was a member of the Class of 1966. It was at Falmouth High, where she met her husband, William Taplin. They were married on Nov. 21, 1970, and had 41 wonderful years together.
Marie was a loving mother to her children, Chadd and Emilee, supporting and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Marie worked for L.L. Bean for 25 years as a supervisor in the Fraud Control Department, a job that she greatly enjoyed and excelled at. She left L.L. Bean in 1995, to take care of her mother, until her death in 1997.
Marie spent much of her time advocating for and working with parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She worked tirelessly to support and educate others on the needs of this population and was an active participant at the state and municipal level supporting a number of initiatives in support of groups and individuals with disabilities.
Over the years, Marie was active as an advisory board member for Maine Medical Center, Goodwill Industries, the Department of Vocational Services and a board member for Southern Maine Parent Awareness. She also was involved with the Southern Maine Advisory Council on Transition.
Her compassion, knowledge and desire for justice earned her a great deal of respect in the field. Most recently, Marie worked closely with Terry Smith and Associates as a partner and resource coordinator.
Marie’s kindness and empathy was endless. She was the “go to” person in her family whenever anyone needed advice and she had a gentle way of making sense of any situation. She was the same way with others, even those that she didn’t know, who would call looking for help or advice in navigating and dealing with the care for their loved ones.
Marie was especially close to her sister, Lee. They would talk for hours on the phone, about anything and everything, oblivious to the hour, until one of them would glance at a clock or the phone battery would fail. She also enjoyed bantering with her baby brother, Gary each time they got together. Marie loved and supported her family tirelessly and with determination. In 2008, she became a grandmother, a role she had been so excited for. Lovingly called Beama, she was adored by her grandsons and doted on them endlessly.
Marie is survived by her loving husband, William Taplin; her son, Chadd Taplin; her daughter, Emilee Taplin-Lacy; her grandsons, Finnian and Oliver Lacy; her sister, Lee Hamilton; her brother, Gary Sidelinger; also nephews, Gregg and Brent Hamilton and Ben and Andrew Sidelinger.
She is lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family.
Please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com for additional information and to sign Marie’s guestbook.