Marie B. (Straine) Faulkner

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

MARIE B. (STRAINE) FAULKNER, was born in Carroll County, Dec. 1, 1917. She died March 7, 2008, in Bentonville, at the age of 90. She was the daughter of John M. Straine and Estella H. Hackworth-Straine. Her mother passed away at the age of 23. She and her two brothers were reared in Eureka Springs by their grandmother, Nancy P. Straine.

Mrs. Faulkner was a beauty operator for years and was licensed in three states. She then served in the United States military in the Women's Army Corps during WWII. She married Al Cy Mazeikis and lived in Chicago for 30 years. Four daughters were born to this union: Nancy, Rosemarie, Carol, and Joyce.

Marie loved the Lord, having become a Christian as a teenager. She was a member of the Weslyan Methodist Church in Chicago, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was always ready to serve the Lord where needed. She dearly loved her little poodle, Faila, whom was her constant loving companion for 12 years. She also loved birds, gardening, reading the Bible, visiting with her family, and talking about the Lord.

She moved back to Eureka Springs after the death of her husband, Al, in 1972. She then married Alton Faulkner in 1973. They later divorced in 1985, but still remained close. She worked as a cook at the Eureka Springs Hospital for 11 years, before retiring. She then moved to Osage Heights in Bentonville, in April of 2001. She then moved to Gardens at Osage Assisted Living in Bentonville, in January of 2008.

She is survived by three daughters; Nancy and husband Russell Johnson of Garfield, Rosemarie and husband Harley Faulkner of Eureka Springs, Joyce and husband Clifford Zeigler of Berryville; eight grandchildren, Holly Ann Taylor, Robert Taylor, Cabel Faulkner, Johanna (Faulkner) Maez, Vanessa Faulkner, Robert Womack, Christopher Womack, and Ethan Zeigler; six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Al Mazeikis; her parents; one daughter, Carol Ann Womack-Alderson; her two brothers, Clarence and Mack Straine; and her grandmother, Nancy P. Straine.

Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Garfield, on Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Benton County Senior Activity Center, 3501 S.E. "L" St., Bentonville, AR 72712. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.