The new stained glass window recently installed in the front entrance door will be dedicated as part of our 8 o’clock service on Sunday, May 24.
The window is a gift to St. Margaret’s from parishioner Barbara Randlett in honor of her husband, Yeaton, who died in 2012. Barbara prepared a brief tribute to her husband and an explanation of her gift. It follows.
Yeaton D. Randlett was born and grew up in Islesboro, Maine. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. At the end of the war, he went to college on the G.I. Bill and then began a long career in teaching business education at Islesboro Central School. He soon assumed the role of teaching principal, a position he held for over 30 years. Yeaton also had a successful building construction company, crediting his faithful and capable employees for making it possible to continue his position at the school.
Yeaton has a daughter, Pamela Cleveland, three grandsons and five great-grandchildren. Pam and her husband, Jim, live in Kennebunk and Islesboro.
In 1976, Yeaton and I were married. I had held principalships in M.S.A.D. 34 for many years which required commuting from the island for several years before assuming the position of superintendent/principal at Islesboro Central School. Yeaton had retired from the school, otherwise I would have been his boss!
After he retired from his business and I from my position, we began to spend winters in Englewood, Fla. We enjoyed many years of golfing and sun and I still go there. We attended St. Margaret’s in the summer and St. David’s during the winter months.
Yeaton died on Sept. 18, 2012, after suffering a stroke. The Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick conducted the service at his gravesite in Islesboro and attended the Celebration of Life at his daughter’s home on the island.
I asked Martha for suggestions for gifting St. Margaret’s with a memorial in Yeaton’s memory. The suggestion which appealed to me was the installation of a stained glass window in the door of entry into the church. Joseph Barberio was commissioned to do the window, chosen by representatives from the church and me.
My hope is that the people of St. Margaret’s will find beauty in the window. I am pleased to present this gift in the memory of my beloved husband and to the glory of God.