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Posted 2016-06-04T02:04:00Z

Remembering Margaret

This weekend is a time to remember Margaret, celebrate her life, and share your thoughts and stories.  Visiting hours are Saturday, June 4th, from 6-8 PM, at First Evangelical Free Church, 355 Bridgton Road, Westbrook, Maine.

The Memorial Service is Sunday, June 5th, at 2 PM, at the same location, followed by a reception.

Margaret has lived so many places, and has been involved in so many activities during her life.

Each person who knows her has had a unique relationship with her.

Part of grieving is talking and listening to others who know her, perhaps in a different context than one's own context.

We would love to hear about Margaret as you know her.

There are several ways that you can share a memory about Margaret.

Margaret didn't want the service to be overly long, so there won't be an open time for comments during the Memorial service itself. However she asked that there be a way for people to write down brief memories at the visiting hour and reception, so there will be an opportunity to do that. In addition, at the reception after the service, there will be an opportunity to verbally share a thought or a story for those who might want to share with the whole group.

And, or course, you can post a comment on this site.

Thanks again to all for your love and support.


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Comments (8)

  • Lois Jean Orozco
    Lois Jean Orozco

    Alice, I just want to thank you for opening and keeping this site for those of us who are far away. It has been so helpful to follow Margaret's journey. You were grieving while you watched her suffer and close down gradually, and yet you opened up to share with others who also have been blessed by Margaret's life! Our family will be ever grateful for those 7+ years that Tim was blessed to share with Margaret. She was such a blessing to him, she was a calming influence on his life. They enjoyed many similar interests and passions. Thanks again for the time and effort put into PostHope. Lois (Swartz) Orozco, Tim's big sister!

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Paul Meiners
    Paul Meiners

    Margaret was our kids' teacher at Muruu, in rural Kenya, and was a great service to the families of our team in educating our kids in a one room school. I found a couple of pictures from then and have posted them on facebook with Margaret tagged.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Diane Babcock
    Diane Babcock

    My memories of Margaret was her joy in explaining God's creation to my children as we hiked to Cobble through the Peniel Bible Conference woods, her along side work with Paul and I to keep the camp moving forward, her love for husband Tim, and her expression of biblical truths in prayer as we gathered in small groups during Growth in Truth. My sister in Christ.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Tim Woodruff
    Tim Woodruff

    The thing I remember most about Margaret is her smile.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Rachel Landrum Crumble
    Rachel Landrum Crumble

    I met Margaret as a student at Covenant College and as a fellow member of the fledging New City Fellowship on Mitchell Avenue. When she graduated and was a first year teacher, and I had transferred to UTC, we shared an apartment, actually 3 different apartments in St. Elmo. We soon learned that praying together weekly was the key to living peaceably together. Margaret possesses (I use present tense, because she STILL possesses this quality in Heaven, I know) a rare guilelessness, and a candor that was sometimes awkward, but always genuine. She shared her struggles and triumphs in being single, in teaching, in seeking first the Kingdom of God. We loved having friends over for breakfast, or dinner, to fellowship. We were deaconesses together, and Jesus protected us white girls as we visited folks who requested help from the church. I remember for a while, we had a young woman who had been a prostitute and had come to Christ stay in our home. When I think of Margaret, I think of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matthew 5: 3-8). Now, sweet sister, you see Jesus, the Lover of your soul. It is hard to imagine a world without her, so I'll think instead of Heaven's gain. Praying for Tim, and extended family. Love in Christ, Rachel Landrum Crumble

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Patty Whiting
    Patty Whiting

    Mrs. Swartz was a great teacher and was always kind to me and the rest of her students when I was in fourth grade at GPCS. She allowed me to teach some of her fourth graders Spanish when I was in high school, and I was able to appreciate her as a teacher from a different perspective. While she may not still be with us, I'm happy to know that she's with Jesus now.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Alice peterson
    Alice peterson

    I think that was Sam above, under his mom Patty's name.

    4 years ago · Reply
  • Patty Whiting
    Patty Whiting

    Yes the post under Patty Whiting was Sam Whiting's post.

    4 years ago · Reply
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