Meghan Grace McLaughlin, 53: Adjunct professor, full of life and mischief

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SOUTH PORTLAND – Meghan Grace McLaughlin, 53, of South Portland, died suddenly Sept. 29.

McLaughlin was an adjunct professor of English at Southern Maine Community College, and formerly worked in the Lake Region School district. She was a poet, a writer, and her passion was teaching.

Meghan grew up in Milton, Massachusetts. She was a 1980 graduate of Milton High School and attended Hampshire College, which she affectionately referred to as “Camp Hamp.” She graduated from the University of Massachusetts magna cum laude, majoring in philosophy and ancient Greek. McLaughlin received her master’s degree in English at University of Maine at Orono and was a published poet.

McLaughlin was a memorable individual full of life and mischief; she was a wisecracker and a lover of dogs, horses and all things Elvis. She will be remembered for, among many things, her warmth, kindness and the twinkle in her eye.

McLaughlin was predeceased by her parents, William J. and Patricia F. (O’Meara) McLaughlin.

She is survived by her beloved twin sister, Sheilah of Cape Elizabeth, along with her other siblings, Patricia of Milton, Massachusetts, Ann of Falmouth, Massachusetts, Daniel of Berkeley, Massachusetts, Beth Tarpey of Cohasset, Massachusetts, Barbara of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Mary of Atlanta, Georgia; 14 nephews and nieces; seven grandnieces and nephews; many cousins and lifelong friends.

A memorial service was held at noon at Hobbs Funeral Home, with a reception at the Elizabeth A. Hobbs Hospitality Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Waterville Humane Society, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville, ME 04901.