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Marguerite Runnells

Marguerite Spaulding Runnells (Spaulding)

Thursday, August 23rd, 1923 - Saturday, July 18th, 2020
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MARGUERITE S. RUNNELLS

BREWER – Marguerite S. Runnells, 96, passed away peacefully July 18, 2020, at a Brewer healthcare facility. She was born August 23, 1923, in Newburgh, the daughter of Howard Ashmore and Isabella (Rogers) Spaulding.

Marguerite graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1941. Following graduation, she attended Beal College. Marguerite was employed by the Eastern Corporation in the payroll department in her younger years. She lived most of her life in Carmel after marrying Robert. Marguerite loved to cook and sew for people, making many quilts for friends and relatives. She was a member of the Hermon Baptist Church for many years and would be there every time the doors we opened if possible. She had a passion for missions and the spreading of the Gospel. Marguerite has gone home to meet her Savior.

In addition to her parents, Marguerite was predeceased by her husband, Robert; son, Clifford Runnells; and brother, Harold Spaulding. Surviving, are her son, Richard and his wife, Gloria, of Alabama; daughter, Valerie Fraser and her husband, Scott, of Brunswick; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In honor of her memory, Marguerite would like any donations be made to Hermon Baptist Church, in care of the Missions Committee. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 10:00am, at Pine Grove Cemetery.
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Janet L. Doucette

Posted at 03:19pm
I have been thinking this week and two days, since Mom passed, of what I could say to this wonderful family. I have too many wonderful memories to share only one. There was Romance, sweet friendships that last a life time, the sleepovers, Sunday dinners, Church Events, "Camp Fair Haven", shooting a riffle that landed me on my butt, tears, cooking together, sweet visits, phone calls, helping to tend the garden, Mom's plum jam, surprise visits at church that made her say; "I never know when you're coming, you just pop right in," taking her out to lunch at the Seafood Galley or Anglers, laughing till we cried, looking at the family albums over and over, bringing her Ensure to try to help out, her stories of how often Steve Nute was visiting, those loving arms, and holding her hand to say good-bye for the last time. I should have said; "See you later," she didn't like it when I said "Good-bye." These are only some of the sweetest memories of my life with my "Other" Mom. I am going to miss her so terribly.

To the children:
Valerie, you've done an amazing job making sure all her needs were met. You let her stay in her home for as long as she possibly could stay, and helped her to move on when the old house just wasn't safe for her any longer. You did all of this
from a distance, and came as often as you could with all your other responsibilities. She was so proud of you. Time and time again, she would tell me of all your duties with your children, the church, helping out with Scott's family, all the while raising and homeschooling Heather and Cody. It's been a lot of work, but you've been a good daughter and did what you knew she wanted, and eventually what she needed. God bless you always for follow his commandments to "Honor your Father and thy Mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee (Exodus 20:12)" She loved you so much Valerie, her only daughter. She loved Scott for taking such good care of you, and was so very impressed with the wonderful job you did with schooling the children. She was so proud of you.

Richard: I can't begin to tell you how many times I would mistakenly call her in the evening, and she would say; "Jan! I can't talk now, Richard is going to call me, I can't miss his calls." She loved hearing your voice. She worried about your heart. "He has Bob's heart, and I worry during the day, and then when he calls me at night, I have to ask myself; 'why did I worry? There's nothing I can do anyway, Richard is in God's hands.' I will not ever stop worrying I guess, It's my prerogative right? I am his mother!" She would tell me all about your children one by one and there accomplishments. She was so proud that you stepped up and raised your grandchild. It reminded her of her time with Nathan. She loved you and Gloria so much, as well as your children. So very proud of you, such good memories of you in picture and deed, of Gloria taking her shopping for a white blouse for a wedding, and all your children. She loved you so much.

If Clifford were here, I would tell him how much she loved him living next door. It may not have always been convenient for you, but it was absolutely wonderful for her. She loved you getting her paper to her each morning, and putting out her mail, and bringing in her mail. Being there to fix stuff that you could fix, setting her up with her Subaru, often fixing your lunch for work, helping her with lifting or moving furniture ~ just for a change, and coming over for a short visit when I would stop by just and catch up on our lives. Most of all, she loved that morning hugs (if she were out of the bathroom when you'd stop by). She loved you so much, that she and Pa helped you raise your only son Nathan. She would have given you the moon if she could have reached it. She worried about your heart too. The one fear she had, was to lose one of her children before her. What a huge hole your passing left in her heart. She loved you so deeply. What a good man you've been.

Lance: you may not have been her child, but there again, neither was I. She was so proud of your love for the Lord, your leadership in all the ministries that you led, participated in, and all on a volunteer basis. You always made sure that "Gram" got to her seat at church on Sunday, and safely back to her car. She loved making your favorite meals, and when time began to turn, how you began pitching in on the cooking. She said you weren't even 1/2 bad. She said you worried about hurting herself because of her essential tremors. You brought Tundra to her house. My, how she loved that dog. Tundra was just what she needed ~ unless he got loose of course. She loved having early morning bible study with you, and would tell me what chapters you read together, and would ask me how she could have been so lucky to have had you in her home. She missed you terribly when you moved, but understood you didn't belong to her, you belong to the Lord, and you and Robin are busy doing His work. She loved you so much, and was so proud of the service to the Lord that you and Robin were embarking on in your lives together for His Glory.

Thank you all for sharing this amazing woman of God with me all these 53 years. I truly loved her, and felt at home there at the Old House. The love from this family has always been my solid. Thank you all. I love you deeply, and pray for your comfort, and strength during this very difficult time. She lived her life as the Lord commanded; "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37) and she did. She loved her husband, she loved her children and grandchildren all so much. She loved her neighbors. SHE JUST LOVED. Now she is here she is loving the Lord, face to face.
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Shirley WInningham

Posted at 09:51am
Psalm 16:11
Thou wilt show me the path of life. In my presence is fullness of joy. At thy right hand there are pleasures for ever more.

Much love, Shirley WInningham
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