Margaret Muller Baillie
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Bangor - Margaret (nee Muller) Baillie, 91, passed away peacefully on September 27, 2019, at her residence in Dirigo Pines in Orono Maine. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Marion Churchill Muller and William Augustus Muller and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts. She was predeceased in 1994 by her husband, the late Reverend Arlan A. Baillie, former minister of All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor.
Margaret attended the Cambridge School in Weston, Massachusetts and Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts. She worked for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in Boston and was politically active in advocating for the rights of garment workers. She worked tirelessly her entire adult life for causes that supported human rights, women's rights, worker's rights, social justice, tolerance, peace initiatives and civil rights. She was well known in Bangor, and elsewhere in Maine, for her involvement with many civic organizations. She served on the boards of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Community Health and Counseling Services and PICA (Power in Community Alliances) and was an active member of the Shakespeare Club, and PEO Chapter A (Philanthropic Educational Organization) among other organizations. In 2004, she was honored with the prestigious "2 Those Who Care" Award sponsored by the United Way and WLBZ, honoring outstanding volunteers dedicated to the community. She was a member of All Souls Congregational Church for over 30 years and in 2009, she was recognized by All Souls with the Mandatum Dignitatus award for service to Church and Community. In 2012, Margaret received the Maine Initiatives Watering Can Award, honoring "inspiring activists for racial justice and equity in Maine".
In addition to her civic endeavors and political and social activism, Margaret was an avid reader and enjoyed keeping up with current events. She was equally at home on a march for the homeless as she was in an elected official's office urging action on one of her causes. She enjoyed the outdoors and participated in cross country skiing, cycling, kayaking and swimming well into her 80's.
In the 1970's, Margaret and Arlan lived in Worcester, Massachusetts where Margaret, along with Sister Annette Rafferty, a local activist, founded Abby's Place, a non-profit organization which provided shelter, affordable housing and advocacy for homeless, battered and low-income women. Prior to moving to Bangor in 1986, she and Arlan lived in Pocasset, Massachusetts where they enjoyed sailing their sailboat, named "Eroica" after Beethoven's 3rd symphony, on Buzzards Bay. She shared her husband's love of music and belonged to the Bangor Symphony, where her husband served on the Board of Directors. They spent a month in London for several years attending the symphony, opera and ballet nearly every day.
Margaret is survived by her sister, Katharine Bullitt of Seattle, Wash.; brother-in-law, Gerald Viste of Wausau, Wisc.; her daughter, Carol Austin and (husband) Joseph Korecki of Enfield, Conn.; son-in-law, Gerald Collins of Norwalk, Conn.; granddaughters, Mary Jane Austin and (husband) John Airey of Santa Cruz, Calif.; Jeanne Collins of New Canaan, Conn.; Paula McGlarry and (husband) Robert of New York City; five great-granddaughters, Jordan and Taylor Hill, Madeline Iulo, Maura and Fiona McGlarry; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Marion Muller Viste and her daughter, Mary Jane Baillie Collins.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Monday, October 14, 2019, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Chad L. Poland, pastor and teacher, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to join them in celebration of Margaret's life in the church vestry following the service. Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor, will be private. Those who wish to remember Margaret in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Memorial Fund of All Souls Congregational Church or to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, 263 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on October 4, 2019

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Shirley Regan
Oct 16, 2019
Many years ago I met Margaret while I was in BAHS! She was a warm soul with a gentle voice.Ive admired her tenacity and all she stood for. When I saw her photo here I knew right off it was Margaret! She inspired many and now as I read she did so much more! May you rest peacefully...you truly were an angel on earth.
Marcia Stone Soper
Oct 15, 2019
Carol and family, please know my thoughts are with you. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to come to the funeral. What great memories of our family and yours! m.soper01@gmail.com
Dan Gagnon
Oct 12, 2019
I have met few people in my life that have inspired and amazed me the way Margret did. She had a quiet, mischievous way about her with this beautiful compassionate and loving soul. Her warm energy could be felt by all as she entered a room. Her demeanor was such that she spoke not a negative word about others but chose instead to look for the good in them. This positive focus in her life was further exemplified by her continual quest to take care of herself in all aspects of her life. She fed the physical mental and spiritual components and found good in what she experienced. Drawing from these lessons brought her to the beautiful place that inspired those around her. I still remember her sh...aring a wonderful bike trip she took in her mid eighties with three other mid eighty lady friends. Beginning in Brewer they set off for Calais, 90 miles away. Their first day found them 45 miles away and staying overnight. The second day completing the treck to Calais and staying there for the night. The following two days were a reverse repeat of the first two. That not only was IMPRESSIVE but also INSPIRING!!! I still marvel at what was accomplished. WOW!!! Margret left this gift for us to learn from and appreciate. I for one will do my best to follow her example. I will miss my dear friend and am happy that she lived such a full life. A life she deserved and earned. Much Love and Warm Hugs to all her family, friends and those who loved her!Read more
Rosalyn C Fisher
Oct 10, 2019
Margaret was a gracious lady. She loved Yoga class and wanted to continue being active even after she was not physically able.
Roz
Deborah Wetter
Oct 10, 2019
Love's Tapestry was purchased for the family of Margaret Muller Baillie by Deborah Wetter.  Send flowers
Ann McKay
Oct 08, 2019
I just knew Margaret for a few months, having shared her dinner table at Boyd Place since I moved there in May. I mourn with her family and friends in her loss but also rejoice in her passing to a better place.
Brent Hall
Oct 08, 2019
Margaret was an inspiration and mentor to many, myself included. I remember from a very early age as a member of PICAs youth group, the passion and dedication she had for social justice. We worked together in many capacities at PICA and other organizations for over a decade after that- she turned up for rallies in the rain and snow, and put in an incredible amount of time at organizing meetings. She was kind, wise, and lived her values. Thank you Margaret, you will be missed.
Stephanie Lanham
Oct 05, 2019
Such a dear lady. Many memories...God bless her family and many friends. RIP