WINTER HARBOR – Margaret E. (Champion) Faulkingham, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend to all and selfless citizen of Winter Harbor, died Aug. 30, 2008, at a Bangor hospital after a fall in her home. Margaret was born Oct. 29, 1925, in Alexandria, Va. She attended St. Mary’s Parochial School, graduating in 1938; St. Mary’s Academy, graduating in 1942; and attended Catholic University. Margaret worked in the Pentagon during the war when she met her future husband, Arvid. They were married Nov. 10, 1943, and after the war they moved to Prospect Harbor and eventually settled in Winter Harbor, where Margaret’s joyous eyes, warm smile and hearty greeting became known to everyone. In the Winter Harbor Post Office, Margaret knew the townspeople-year-’rounders and summer residents alike-perhaps better than anyone, always offering cheerful assistance, information and a helping hand. She was employed at the post office in 1963 as a postal clerk. She became postmaster Feb. 19, 1979, and retired from the postal service in the spring of 1987 after 28 years of service. Margaret’s service was not confined to the post office. She was an active, highly valued citizen of the community as a member of Winter Harbor Grammar School PTO, a valued member of the Union 96 School Board for many years, member of Acadian Community Woman’s Club and a faithful communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellsworth. In addition, she was secretary of the Salvation Army and tireless volunteer for the American Lung Association and American Heart Association. When Margaret was not working on town or church activities, she could be found in her gardens or in her home, sewing or crocheting, while surrounded by family and friends. Byron’s poem perfectly describes Margaret Faulkingham:”She walks in beauty, like the night, Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright, Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellowed to that tender light, Which heaven to gaudy day denies. And on that cheek, and o’er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent.” Margaret was predeceased by her sister, Mary McGahey; her grandsons, Adam and James; and her granddaughter, Patricia. She is survived by her husband, Arvid; her children, William Faulkingham and wife, Kitty, Michael Faulkingham and wife, Georgette, Patrick Faulkingham and wife, Becky, all of Winter Harbor, Mary Knowlton and husband, Abe, of Hancock, Rose Arnett and husband, Dan, of Winter Harbor, Margaret Manley of Manchester and Mark Faulkingham and wife, Leanne, of Houlton; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family extends its appreciation to the entire staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center and to the members and friends of the Winter Harbor community. One of Margaret’s favorite hymns, “On Eagle’s Wings,” includes this refrain, which all of us join in chorus: “And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand.” Visiting hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 215 Main St., Ellsworth. A Mass of Christian burial will take place 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with Father Scott Mower presiding. Family and friends are invited to a time of fellowship and refresh-ment after the service at Winter Harbor Masonic Lodge. Memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s memory to the American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330 or the American Heart Association, Maine Affiliate, 51 U.S. Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074.