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Margaret W. Soule, 69: Avid runner, loved her horse 'Rusty'

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Margaret W. Soule, 69: Avid runner, loved her horse 'Rusty'

YARMOUTH — Margaret Wallace "Maggie" Soule died gracefully Nov. 15 after battling a recurrent illness.

Born in Portland on Sept. 16, 1941, the eldest child of William Enos and Jean "Polly" Soule, she attended Yarmouth schools and graduated from Waynflete School in Portland in 1959.

After she received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and graduate degrees from Boston University and Middlebury College, she taught English in public and private schools in Massachusetts before returning to Maine in the 1970s.

A career change led to jobs as an editorial coordinator for J. Weston Walch publisher, and later as the publications director at Waynflete School.

After retiring from Waynflete in 1996, she collaborated with Leonard L. Brooks on the 1998 publication, "Celebrating Waynflete: 100 Years in the Life of a School."

An avid runner, she completed three marathons while in her 50s, including the Marine Corps Marathon, the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, in which she raised $9,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the New York City Marathon. 

She was a longtime member in the Maine Track Club and directed the Hannaford Turkey Trot 5K road race for several years.

Active in the Yarmouth community, she was a founding member of the Yarmouth Land Trust, now known as the Royal River Land Trust. She was also a trustee of the Merrill Memorial Library and a board member and chairwoman of the Yarmouth Historical Society.

She would especially like to be remembered as the owner of "Rusty," her horse that greeted visitors daily for 25 years at the corner of Prince's Point and Morton Roads.

Surviving are her sister, Mary LeMaistre and Andre of Mitchell Ledge Farm in Freeport, and her brother William of West Buxton; a nephew, P. Henchman Soule LeMaistre of Laguna Beach, Calif., and three nieces, Lydia Strong and Robert of Hampden, Olivia West LeMaistre of Freeport, Ursula Wilmot and Warren of Freeport; three grand nieces, Hawley and Phoebe Strong and Murreal Wilmot; many cousins; and friends.

A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 19.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Waynflete School Archives Endowment Fund, c/o Sally Price, 360 Spring St., Portland, ME 04102.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with the Soule family.