She was a native of Fernandina Beach for most of her life, until 1954 when she moved to Cleveland with her family.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She moved back to Fernandina Beach in 1982, when her husband retired, and settled in the family home until recently.
She has been residing in Cleveland for the last few years with her granddaughter, Angel, who took care of her for the last six years.
She was an animal advocate and loved all animals and rescued many over the years. She was also actively involved in the preservation of the historical district of Fernandina Beach.
She was known for her love of decorating and loved shopping. She was a true “Southern Belle” and being a lady was of the upmost importance to her. She had an extensive collection of dolls and toys as well as “fashion pins.” You never saw her without one of her pins on.
She loved her family and her door was always open. She never met a stranger and spent a lot of time just rocking on the porch and chatting with people at her Centre Street home.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Allen Davis; mother, Angel Starke Davis; brother, William Allen Davis Jr.; and husband, Ernest Wilson Chaplin Sr.
She is survived by her four children: Elizabeth Angel Whitmire, Marie Louise (Snookie) McClure (Bill), Ernest Wilson Chaplin Jr. and William Davis Chaplin (Dee); eight grandchildren: Angel Clark-Denton, Kelly Taylor, Bill McClure, Jackie Whitmire, John McClure, Brooke Sperau, Jennifer Whitmire and Cameron Bowers; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved pet, Bandit, whom she loved very much.
The family expresses special appreciation to Donna Cansler, RN, the staff of Guardian Home Care and Rene Collins, PA, Janey Patton, RN, and Christy Cannon for going above and beyond in their profession in making “Mimi's” journey as comfortable as possible. We will forever be grateful for all the love and compassion they gave her.
There will be a memorial service at a later date. Her final resting place will be with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Ark of Cleveland, 240 Oak Street N.W, Cleveland, TN 37311 or First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach, for the Angel Davis Hall at 9 N. Sixth Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Marie and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Chaplin family with these arrangements.