Marguerite “Peg” Styer Williams, 92, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2012. She was born on March 11, 1920 in Norristown, PA.
After graduating from Bucknell University, she headed to New York City to make her way in the world. She was a World War II bride to A. Benjamin Williams, Jr. They were married for 67 years before his passing in July of 2007. After setting up homes in several states, they settled in Orange in 1958. Peg lived in Orange until moving to Cincinnati in 2009.
In addition to raising four children, Peg was an active member of the community. She was a longtime volunteer at Milford Hospital, serving as
treasurer for many years. She regularly attended services both at the New Haven Friends Meeting and the Orange Congregational Church, in volunteer activities with both organizations.
and Ben were members of the Milford Yacht Club where they loved to dance. Dancing to Big Band, both dressed to impress, was something that they continued to do well into their 70s and 80s. She was an avid and competitive bridge player and kept playing even when she was losing her sight. Dinner at Peg’s house always finished with a game of cards and cake.
Politically, Peg always had a lot to say. She was an active member of the League of Woman Voters and Orange Women’s Republican Club. She was an elected member of the Orange Board of Education. Many remembered her constant knitting during the meetings, getting louder when she disagreed.
Peg’s interest in the arts was nurtured by memberships at the Yale Art Gallery and local theatres. She often escorted her grandchildren to various art galleries, sharing her love of modern art. With family and close friends spread across the country, Peg was a masterful letter writer and her thoughtful correspondence will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her children Arthur B. Williams III and his wife Judy of Orange, CT, Richard D. Williams and his wife Lisa of Yarmouth, ME, Gregory S. Williams and his wife Stephanie Somers of Evanston, IL, and Marguerite Kirkpatrick and her husband Chris of Cincinnati, OH. She is survived by 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her only brother, Robert Styer and his wife Patricia of
The family will gather on September 29th from 2:00p – 4:00p at the Orange Congregational Church on the green for a time to remember Peg; all are welcome. A private burial, to place her ashes next to her husband’s, will follow at the Orange Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Norristown Monthly Meeting, PO box 823, Norristown, PA 19404.