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Margaret Morrow "Peggy" (Stone) Williams

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Margaret Morrow "Peggy" (Stone) Williams Obituary

May 3, 2014

Margaret "Peggy" Morrow (Stone) Williams, 78, of Canastota, New York, and North Fort Myers, Florida, beloved wife of over 58 years to Frederick W. Williams, died at her Florida home surrounded by her family on May 3, 2014, after a brief illness. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1935, to Stewart A. and Clarissa B. (Hoyle) Stone, survived by her loving husband, Frederick, who misses her so very much; three daughters and two sons-in-law: Rebecca A. and Donald J. Brill, Kathryn J. and Scott E. Coyne, and Leslie M. Gorke; a son and daughter-in-law: John A. and Sandra M. Williams; nine grandchildren: Benjamin A. Resch; Christopher J., Matthew D., and Emily L. Williams; Adam E. and Sara M. Coyne; and Ryan T., Jacob M., and Kevin S. Gorke; three great grandchildren: Charlie B. and Aubree J. Doneker; and Braxton D. Williams; and her sister Patricia C. Drake. Peggy received her training as a Registered Nurse at Springfield Hospital School of Nursing, where she received the Pediatric Award, and did her graduate work in Health Care Administration at Utica College. She was a Licensed RN in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York. Peggy was recognized by President Clinton and New York Governor Cuomo for her lifelong passion and dedicated work as an advocate for the elderly. Among her accomplishments: Program Director of the Midwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Heart Association, where she founded their Stroke Association; the very first Executive Director of the Madison County Office for the Aging, where she created and implemented needed programs that still exist today, such as the Home Helper/Handy man Program, the Volunteer Transportation Program, and the Alzheimer's Education Program; Executive Director of the New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging; President of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Executive director of the - Central New York Chapter. Peggy testified in front of the New York Legislature and was also a renowned national guest speaker on aging issues and strategies for implementing programs to help the elderly remain independent. Aging was not her only personal and professional focus. She also had a passion for the care, welfare, and protection of children. She was the Chairman for the National SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Foundation. She testified in front of both houses of the United States Congress on behalf of the SIDS Foundation on a number of occasions to obtain the funding for the research that lead to the "back to the back" campaign to help prevent SIDS. She was also a very active volunteer and generous donor for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Peggy loved the arts and literature. She was an active member and volunteer of the Symphony Society, which provides support and fund raising for the Southwest Florida Symphony. Among her many professional and charity organization memberships, she was a longtime member of Rotary International. As a Rotary member, she helped complete many projects, and was the driving force behind converting an old bank building into a public library in Chittenango, NY. Peggy will be so greatly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to the Toys for Tots Foundation: and select Fort Myers, FL, for the location, and Old Bridge Village for the organization familiar with Peggy; or the - Central New York Chapter: address: 441 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY. 13204, phone 315-472-4201. A memorial service will be planned in North Fort Myers, Florida, in the autumn of this year. There will be a memorial service at Pompey Community Church on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 10am 2555 County Road 114, LaFayette, NY 13084. (315) 677-3068.

Published in The News-Press on May 11, 2014
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