SCARBOROUGH — Lucille T. “Tommie” Chapman, 91, died Feb. 10 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Bangor on Aug. 13, 1923, the daughter of George and Eleanor Thompson. She was educated in Portland and graduated from Deering High School in the class of 1941.
During World War II, Chapman joined the WAVES division of the U.S. Navy. She worked at the Fleet Post Office in New York City for over a year, and then served for several months in Washington, D.C., until the war ended.
She went on to attend The University of Maine, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While attending college, she met David Chapman, of Portland, and the couple were married on Aug. 27, 1949.
After graduating, they moved to Connecticut and lived there for several years. In 1954, they returned to Maine and made their home in Portland for seven years. In 1961, they moved to Windham to what the family referred to as “the farm.”
Lucille was a talented homemaker who made her own curtains, refinished furniture and knit sweaters and wool socks for her children and grandchildren. Her paintings are found in every room of the farm, and she belonged to a quilting guild where she made many beautiful quilts and many friends.
Chapman enjoyed the birds, deer and wild turkeys that visited daily outside her kitchen window, and she was a voracious reader. She also enjoyed spending summers at her camp in Scarborough, where she was happy with the basics of living and loved the cool nights near the ocean.
Chapman was predeceased by her husband on June 9, 1996.
She is survived by her son, James Chapman and wife, Carol, of Raymond; son, Scott Chapman and wife, Laurie, of Cumberland; daughter, Anne Chapman, of Windham; six grandchildren, Toby Chapman, Shannon Tenety, David Chapman and wife, Martha, Abby Chapman, Andrew Chapman and Kimberly Chapman; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Charlotte Tenety.
A graveside service will be held May 9 at 10:30 a.m., at Evergreen Cemetery, in Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chapman’s memory to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.