Ernestine ‘Tina’ Marquis
1924 – 2009

AUBURN – Tina Marquis, 85, resident of Bowdoinham Road, Lisbon Falls, died Thursday, July 23, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born July 16, 1924, in Delmar, Md., to the late John and Roberta Marvel. She was educated in Delmar schools. She moved with her parents to Portsmouth, Va., in 1942, where she worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a clerk.

She met and married Arthur Marquis in 1945 and they moved to Lisbon Falls in 1946.

She was employed as a telephone operator, and also was employed part time for 25 years at Robert’s Pharmacy where she made numerous friends, many of whom she kept in touch with over the years. After her children were grown, she returned to school where she earned her Certified Nurse’s Aide diploma and served as a private duty nurse.

An amazing cook, she had a knack for whipping up delicious meals with seemingly no effort. In the early 60s she was the proprietor of Tina’s Place on Main Street in Lisbon Falls, where local families came to enjoy the pizzas, sandwiches and friendly conversation. She also enjoyed the time spent working at Graziano’s, which she truly loved.

In her later years, she found her niche working for over 20 years in the Lewiston and Auburn areas as a nanny. She will be fondly remembered by the families with whom she so affectionately shared her wisdom, quick wit and most of all, her warm, loving care.

She loved children, and was always ready to share a favorite story or memory of not only her own children, but also of the children of her many friends and acquaintances as well.

She loved to travel and enjoyed her many trips taken in the early years of her retirement with her husband. She also treasured the many trips taken with her niece, Nola, traveling around the country.

An avid crafter, she loved to sew and knit, often making gifts and surprises for her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Arthur; two sons, Thomas Marquis and wife, Lorna and Tracey Marquis and companion, Sandy Cote, both of Lisbon Falls; and a daughter, Wendy Roper and her husband, Brian, of Gilford, N.H.; and four grandchildren, Eric and Todd Marquis, Justin Roper and Chelsea Marquis.

She was predeceased by two sons, Jeffrey and Todd Marquis; and a sister Elsie Perry.

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