CALAIS - Marguerite "Peg" Donnelly Meyer, 65, of Calais, Vt., passed away peacefully on Friday, July 19, 2013, after a brief and unexpected illness. She was surrounded by her husband, John, her children and their spouses, and her brother and sister-in-law.
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Peg was born in Hackensack, N.J., on March 30, 1948. The daughter of Marjorie and Donald Donnelly, Peg attended grade school and high school in Rutherford, N.J. Her family spent many happy years at their ski house in northern Vermont. In 1976, Peg married John Meyer, and they lived 37 happy years near Maple Corner. Her family was the joy of her life - when all gathered around the dinner table, laughter was the defining characteristic, often fueled by her sharp wit. She was a fierce advocate and cheerleader for those she loved and delighted in their endeavors and accomplishments.
Peg attended the University of Vermont, where she was a member and officer of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity. She graduated from UVM with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1970. Peg also attained both her master's and doctorate degrees in education at the University of Vermont, where she later served as adjunct faculty.
Peg was a successful and passionate educator who focused on the importance and promotion of professional development and leadership. She taught at the Lawrence Barnes School in Burlington and the Woodbury Elementary School and was a consulting teacher for the Washington Central Supervisory Union in Berlin. Peg served Vermont at the Department of Education contributing to policies for home school education, licensing, and professional and educational standards. She went on to be the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at the Washington Central Supervisory Union and later, in the same position at Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union in Hardwick. At the time of her death, Peg was an associate vice president of student affairs at Norwich University in Northfield. Previously, she served as the university's director of the Academic Achievement Center and Educational Effectiveness with the rank of assistant professor of psychology. Peg's passion for education was apparent in the changes she inspired in the educational system and in the lives of those with whom she worked, both students and colleagues alike.
Peg Meyer was a great asset to Vermont and her community. She served on the boards of the former Woodbury College and Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, the advisory board of UVM College of Education and Social Services, and volunteered on various community events in Calais and Maple Corner. As an accomplished downhill skier, she taught skiing at local ski resorts.
Apart from her successful professional life, Peg valued her role as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and steadfast friend. She loved to entertain and cook and feted family and friends from near and far, making everyone feel at home. In moments of quiet, she found enjoyment in quilting, knitting, photography, reading and gardening.
She is survived by her husband, John; her daughter, Mary Kate, and husband Kristofer Mohlman and grandson Erik Mohlman, of Arlington, Va.; her son, Christian, and wife Veronique Meyer, of Montpelier, Vt.; her stepdaughter, Jessica, and husband Will Little and grandchildren Eloise, Charlie and Clancy Little, of Leesburg, Va.; her brother, Don Donnelly Jr., and wife Rhonda Curry, of Colchester, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no viewing or funeral services. A memorial service will be held at the Old West Church, 758 Old West Church Road, Calais (from the County Road, take Bliss Pond Road about 1 mile and go left onto Old West Church Road), Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. to celebrate Peg's life and the joy she brought to those who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Norwich University Scholarship Fund in honor of Peg's commitment to the importance of education. Contact Norwich University Development and Alumni Relations at 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663, phone number 802-485-2100. Or give online at http://www.alumni.norwich.edu/ by clicking on the "Give" link at the top of the Web page. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at http://www.guareandsons.com.
Published in Times Argus on July 22, 2013