Margaret Faulkner, 76

Child care provider

July 09, 2008

Margaret E. Faulkner, a retired day care operator and AIDS activist, died of colon cancer June 29 at her Edmondson Village home. She was 76.

Margaret Elizabeth Wilson was born in Baltimore and raised in Sandtown-Winchester. She attended city public schools.

For nearly 40 years before retiring last year, Mrs. Faulkner was a day care provider, and often provided child care for several generations of the same family.

After the death of two sons, Derral Faulkner and Chikuwu Ajanku, who were diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1990 and died within six months of each other in 1991, Mrs. Faulkner became involved with an AIDS hot line that was sponsored by HERO, a Baltimore AIDS organization.

"The hot line allowed her to share her experiences and offer hope, strength and wisdom with other families facing similar circumstances," said a daughter, Mattie Faulkner-Burton of Baltimore.

Mrs. Faulkner was known for her hospitality, cooking and annual Super Bowl party, even though she had no interest in the sport.

She was a founding member of Alive Again Ministries and a member of the Missionary Circle and Pulpit Aid.

Services were held Saturday at the Star of Bethlehem Spiritual Temple.

Also surviving are her husband of 60 years, Drewey L. Faulkner, a retired Defense Department communications and electrical technician; two other sons, Donald Faulkner of Roxboro, N.C., and Darnell Faulkner of Baltimore; another daughter, Gwendolyn Faulkner of Baltimore; two brothers, Irving Briscoe and William E. Hamilton, both of Baltimore; four sisters, Delores Johnson, Alice Hannah, Fredericka Jackson and Etta Briscoe, all of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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