Mary Louise Chaplin Lamb

  • Born: October 21, 1927
  • Died: June 18, 2020
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel

3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway
Charleston, SC 29414

Tel. (843) 763.7664

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Mary Louise Chaplin Lamb, 92, of Charleston, entered into the eternal presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Her private memorial service will be held at J. Henry Stuhr, West Ashley Chapel, followed by interment at Live Oak Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel.

Mary was born October 21, 1927 to Grover C. Chaplin, Sr. and Estelle Breuer Chaplin. Mary enjoyed growing up in Meggett, South Carolina with siblings Frances, Grover and Leon who knew the value of hard work and serving one another. Mary was an all-state high school basketball player. After high school, she worked in personnel at the Naval Shipyard during World War II, contributing to the war effort. Mary had the Chaplin legacy of serving by giving her best, always thinking of others and making sure everyone had more than enough. She never visited others empty-handed.

She could do a swan dive like nobody's business and fold a fitted sheet into a perfect square. She was a self-taught pianist and shared her music with others by singing in the church choir and gathering the family around the piano on Sunday afternoons. She was courageous in many ways, including killing copperhead snakes to protect her family. She was glamorous, growing up in Hollywood (SC!) and calling herself "Miss Folly Beach." She won bowling tournaments and was a fierce competitor at cards-especially in Pinochle, as she regularly beat three World War II vets on game nights.

Mary came to a strong personal faith in Christ and this was clear through her deep love for God's Word. She was a faithful part of the women's Bible study and choir at her church for many years. She persevered through life as a military wife and mom, including moves overseas to Germany and Hawaii, always providing a wonderful home for her family. Even in her last days, you could see her perseverance and fight, and her heart to serve others and make sure they were taken care of.

She is survived by her husband, Joe, with whom she was married for over 70 years; the three daughters they raised, Pamela, Patty and Nancy; and the 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren that she thoroughly enjoyed. Her 95-year old sister Frances has always been so special to her and continues to inspire the family. Mary's legacy is one of unwavering faith in Christ, love for her family and the desire to be a blessing to others as God had blessed her.

The family would like to extend special appreciation to the loving hospice staff of Caris Healthcare of Charleston. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Caris at the following link:

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Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, Charleston, SC 29414.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Im sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to the family. I knew Mary from waiting on her at SAS shoes. She was a dear person. I know she will be missed. My love goes out to the family.

Posted by Charlie Howell Jr - Friend   June 28, 2020

Mary was my roommate when I was having rehab . During those 3 plus weeks I became very fond of her and got an inkling of what a special Lady she was. The love and care Joe showed her was inspiring. It was a privilege to know both of them. Please know Joe and you girls have been a part of our prayers these past few days. We will think of Mary and smile every time we pass the sign for Meggett on our drives out to Edisto! Cava Riley

Posted by Cava and Mike RILEY - Charleston, SC - Friend   June 25, 2020

What a rejoicing day this has been. We live this life, some much longer than others, to bring glory and honor to Our Father in Heaven. Mary was one whom did just that. She loved Jesus and now she's with Him for all eternity! Joe - Diane and I wish to send our condolences to you and your family. You've done a great job mentoring me over the years. Trying desperately to imitate you as you served all people at church. Thank you Mary for being a great mentor and example to Diane. She will miss your presence but will see you one day. May God continue to bless your family and services to His kingdom.

Posted by Ron Treiber    June 22, 2020

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