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Margaret Amelia Farrin House
Jan. 28, 1919 - March 9, 2013

Margaret Amelia Farrin House, 94, passed away peacefully at Cove's Edge Nursing Facility in Damariscotta on March 9. She was born in South Bristol on Jan. 28, 1919, the sixth of 12 children born to Afton and Annie Mae Gamage Farrin. She graduated from South Bristol High School and attended the University of Maine before marrying her high school sweetheart, Maxwell House Sr., on Aug. 4, 1937; together they raised five children.

Margaret was a woman of many talents and interests. She was an athlete, an excellent student, a musician, a reader, a craftsperson, and a leader of several organizations. She was, like many women of her generation, able to sew, knit, crochet, hook and braid rugs, and, of course, cook. Her family still talks about her efforts to make biscuits to the standard of her mother-in-law; she made great cookies and contributed regularly to all the fairs and suppers at the local church.

She was a member of the Ladies Aide, and the Eastern Star, and served as Worthy Matron of the Pogonia Chapter in South Bristol. She was a 4-H leader, a choir director for both children and adults, and played the organ for the South Bristol Union Church for over 50 years.

In addition to being a full time wife and mother, she worked at several different jobs over the years. She was proud of her speed and dexterity at the Pratt Reed Piano factory, where she worked during the five years the family lived in Connecticut. She served as town clerk for the town of South Bristol, and after being widowed at age 57, went to work as a social worker and tutor for a community action agency in Lincoln County where she helped many people get their GEDs and get needed services such as fuel assistance.

She bravely learned to drive in her 50s, causing both terror and pride for her family. She was a Red Sox fan, a die hard Democrat, a cutthroat Yahtzee player, and an expert puzzler. She loved sweets, and her first comment when going for rides from Cove's Edge was often "let's go get some candy."

She was predeceased by her husband, Max; daughter, Gloria Lindsay; and grandchildren, Michelle House, Richard Lindsay, and Bretton Frost.

She is survived by children, Ronald House and wife Thelma of South Bristol, Maxwell House Jr. and wife Sharon of Buxton, Maurice House of Danforth, and Priscilla House of South Bristol; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; brothers, Ramon and Paul; sisters, Annie and Ruth; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours 5-7 p.m., Fri., March 15 at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta. Funeral service 11 a.m., Sat., March 16 at the South Bristol Union Church, where reception will follow at the Parish House.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Church of South Bristol, PO Box 59, South Bristol, ME 04568.

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Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, Damariscotta.

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