Louise Marie Throop Maue, 91, of Trevorton Road, Shamokin, died at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she was shown love and care by the excellent staff for the past 4½ years.
She was born July 10, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., a daughter of the late Robert S. and Louise (Wysacker) Throop, of Skokie, Ill.
On July 1, 1944, in Chicago, she married Robert M. Maue, the love of her life, who died Jan. 4, 2007.
"Marie" was a dedicated if somewhat reluctant homemaker. She adored her husband, children, and grandchildren. Times with family at home and at the family cottage in Weikert, and with extended family, were the center of her life. The annual Christmas whirlwind started immediately after Thanksgiving and included a bounty of gifts, food, gatherings, and music, traditions that now live beyond her. Her thoughtful, encouraging and sympathetic nature, expressed in greeting cards and words of encouragement, were an inspiration to family and friends.
Marie became a beloved member of the Shamokin community upon her arrival with her husband Bob in 1948. Her light, loving, affectionate spirit was embodied in her singing, her love of family and her many friendships. A gifted lyric soprano, her sweet voice embodied the spiritual beliefs she lived - love of God and delight in others. Over the years, she sang for countless weddings, funerals, and Elks and Masonic installations.
Among many activities, she was a longtime member of the St. John's UCC choir, the Cecilian Club, and the Choraliers. She was a member of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and participated in two Robert Shaw Chorale workshops. She was a founding volunteer of the Shamokin Community Concert Series, and an active member of St. John's UCC, the Shamokin Hospital Auxiliary Board, the YWCA, and the Junior Women's Club.
Marie's career included several secretarial jobs and a short but meaningful stint as a teacher's aide in the Shamokin Area School District. Eventually she found her calling, becoming a regional Avon leader and business owner for more than 25 years. It was a natural fit, given her beautiful skin and talent for conversation. Her sales success was reflected in numerous awards, including microwaves, watches, suitcases and of course, Avon products that were distributed throughout the family.
She is survived by four children, Philip Maue, of Shamokin, Dr. Frederick (Leta Jo) Maue, of Sunbury, Carolyn Maue (Bryan Hunt), of Orlando, Fla., and Deborah Maue (Terry Blake), of Oak Park, Ill.; six grandchildren, Frederick C. (Michelle) Maue, Patrick Maue, Thomas Robert Taylor, Emma Graham, David Moyar, and Margaret Moyar; two great-grandchildren; two stepgrandsons; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Norma Throop and Carolyn (Charles) Karpinski; one brother, Robert S. Throop; and her beloved sisters-in-law, Margaret (Peg) Maue, and Mary Maue Hack.
A service of songs and praise to celebrate her life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion Welsh Congregational Church of Christ, 150 N. Grant St., Shamokin. A visitation with the family will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library.
Published on June 25, 2017