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Margaret Howey "Peg" Mears

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Margaret "Peg" Howey Mears

Age 90, died peacefully on January 12th, 2013, surrounded by family.

Born in Swedesboro, New Jersey on June 29, 1922, Peg was the youngest of four children born to Edward Steward Howey and Mary Ann Neill. She graduated from Woodstown High School in 1940 and attended New Jersey College for Women and Temple University. Peg was married for 43 loving years to her late husband, Harvey M. Mears. Together, they raised five sons in Woodcrest, Wilmington, Delaware.

Peg retired from the in 1992 and remained active in the community. She was a docent at the Delaware Art Museum and enjoyed volunteering with a number of local charities. She was a long-time member and deacon of Calvary Presbyterian Church in suburban Wilmington.

Peg loved music. She played the piano for family events and sang in the church choir as well as with the Blue Rock Chorus. She excelled at the art of petit point and needlepoint and traveled with family and friends extensively to view historic designs, which she then recreated for everyone's enjoyment.

Predeceased by her brother, Edward Neill Howey, and sisters, Ellen Clark Howey and Anna Steward Hewitt, Peg is survived by her five sons and their wives: Peter and Catherine Mears of Austin, Texas; Douglas and Delores Mears of Wilmington, Delaware; Donald and Caitlin Mears of Hartly, Delaware; Gary and Carol Mears of Wilmington, Delaware; and Bryan and Tammy Mears of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Her many beloved grandchildren include Ruth, Christopher, Sarah, Cortney, Joshua, Justin, Jason, Elizabeth, Lucy, Ian, and Connor and great-grandchildren Madelyn, Daniel, Anthony, and Ashton.

Funeral service will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 701 South Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, January 19th. Viewing is at 9:30 a.m. and the service is at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the or the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Published in The News Journal on Jan. 17, 2013
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