“Life has not been easy for my family,” Maples said. “My husband is a wounded veteran, and when he came home, I was alone. No one was there to help me. I don’t want anyone to go through the same thing.”
For her efforts at Blue Star, raising money for those in need, organizing programs for military families and local communities, and for her work as a teacher, caregiver and mother, Maples was nominated as a Dayton Daily News Community Gem by Mindy Schwickerath of Dayton.