MOUNT VERNON ? Barbara W. Faulkner, 90, of Pond Road in Mount Vernon, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. \r\r\n\r\r\nMrs. Faulkner was born in Somerville, Mass., July 17, 1911, while her mother was visiting there. She was the only daughter of Willard Wilbur and the former Florence Bemis. She grew up and attended schools in Surry and Keene, N.H., graduating from Keene High School in 1928. Barbara then attended Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., graduating in 1932 with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in religion. \r\r\n\r\r\nUpon college graduation, Barbara traveled to Harlan County, Ky., to teach at Pine Mountain Settlement School. There for six years, she taught various subjects as well as serving as a housemother to the students. During this period she met James Faulkner of Tonawanda, N.Y., a fellow teacher, and fell in love. On Nov. 8, 1933, Barb and Jim were married in the Pine Mountain Chapel. They then honeymooned in sunny Mexico. \r\r\n\r\r\nBeginning in 1938, Barb and Jim made their home in Tonawanda, where she became a full-time housewife raising two daughters and a son. In 1946 the Faulkners moved to Mexico, where Jim worked as an engineer in the paper industry. Later they lived in the Kents Hill section of Readfield, Millinocket, and finally, for the last 33 years, in Mount Vernon. \r\r\n\r\r\nOnce Barbara's children entered high school, she resumed her teaching career, first as a substitute, and later, after attending summer school at Boston University, as a full-time kindergarten teacher. At first she taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Frye. Later she taught in Manchester and Readfield schools. \r\r\n\r\r\nWhile living in Mexico, both Barb and Jim were very active members of the Appalachian Mountain Club, assisting in trail maintenance and other activities. Barbara was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution through the lineage of the Bemis family. In her earlier years in Maine she was active in downhill skiing. In later years she was active in cross-country skiing into her 80s. As recently as 1998 at the age of 87, Barb fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Egypt, exploring the pyramids and even riding a camel. \r\r\n\r\r\nIn retirement, Barb and Jim visited Mexico several times, but eventually wintered for several years in Stuart, Fla., where they purchased a mobile home. \r\r\n\r\r\nBarbara lost her beloved husband, Jim in 1990 after 57 years of marriage. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe is survived by her older brother, Vincent Wilbur of Marblehead, Mass.; her three children, Hannah Faulkner of Mount Vernon, Martha Fenno and her husband, Stephen, of Portland, and Timothy Faulkner of Augusta; three grandchildren, Sarah Strunk and her husband, Jeff, of Eustis, Timothy Fenno of Saco, and Susan Mae Hosmer and her husband, Christopher, of Burlington, Vt.; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Gould, Mason Strunk and Megan Hosmer; and a cousin, Martha Babin of Peabody, Mass., and her children Freddie Peck and Cindy Fleury. \r\r\n\r\r\nBarbara was a very loving, caring, and giving person with a friendly and bubbly personality. She was devoted to her husband and family, be they her children, grandchildren or great grandchildren. She lived a very full and happy life and will be missed by all who loved and knew her. \r\r\n\r\r\nA memorial service will be held for Barbara at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17 atRoberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, with the Rev. Marriott Churchill officiating. After cremation, burial will be beside her husband, Jim at Kents Hill Cemetery overlooking Torsey Pond in Readfield. For those wishing to contribute in Barbara's honor, the family suggests donating to the Mount Vernon Rescue, Mount Vernon 04352, c/o Pat Rawson, or Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington 04938.