WESTBROOK - Louise Jones Plouff, born in Gardiner Maine July 21, 1932 passed away April 7, 2018 in a nursing facility in Westbrook. A wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, daughter and friend to all who knew her, Louise lived a full life.
Born during the height of the Depression Era to Lester and Helen Jones, Louise grew up in rural Gardiner with family nearby, graduating from Gardiner High School in 1950. She went to work at CMP and attended night school before meeting Henry Plouff of Richmond, being married in October 1954. They started a family together which would grow to three sons while building a new home in Dresden, later returning to live in Richmond where both Louise and Henry could walk to work - Louise at the A&P Supermarket, where she would go on to hold various positions in multiple communities for several years.
In 1979, Louise and Henry built another new home in Greene as both changed jobs, Louise going to work for the superintendent of schools for the Oak Hills School District. After her second working career, Louise retired in 1992 to travel America, crisscrossing the country with their fifth-wheel camper and going to Alaska and all points in between. In 2007, Louise and Henry settled into a condominium in Auburn while continuing to spend their winters in Florida.
Louise was active in her son’s school affairs, was a long-time Cub Scout Den mother, and as a child from the depression, always sought more for her family. Camping adventures to remote parts of northern Maine and Bar Harbor became regular summer excursions, along with frequent Beach trips to Reid and Popham State Park. Louis and Henry took the family to Washington DC and to places she had never experienced as a child, working hard to be a good provider, saver, and explorer for her family. To look back, Louise and Henry, always a great team, created a comfortable life for her extended family. Social and outgoing, Louise's expansive family stretched far beyond bloodlines.
Always serious and proud of her work, Louise was a valued employee. After retiring, Louise was an active volunteer for CMGH for almost two decades, earning acclaim for her commitment to helping others.
Besides her family, perhaps Louise's greatest joy was returning to see friends every winter in Port Richey Florida. She cultivated a comfortable life in the south, visiting Busch Gardens, Clearwater and exploring Florida like she had Maine. Louise loved to share her Wall Street Journal with like-minded friends.
Louise's family includes husband Henry, now living in Portland, her three sons - Tim and wife Kathy from Otis, Jeff and wife Cathy from Woolwich, Gary and wife Maureen from North Andover MA; plus her four grandchildren, Jennifer, Erin, Juliet and David as well as two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Henry. Louise, the oldest of five is survived by her sister Mary LaLumiere from Cumberland, and brothers George Jones and wife Cynthia of Arizona, David Jones from South Portland, and Brian Jones and wife Sandra of Gorham, plus sister-in-law Claire Sidelinger of Richmond. Many nieces and nephews are part of the extended Plouff and Jones families.
There will be a Visiting Hour on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00am followed by a brief service for Louise at 11:00am at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Louise by making a donation to Make-a-Wish Maine at 66 Mussey Road, Scarborough Maine 04074, or, to a charity of your choosing.