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March 4, 2013

Margaret C. Peters

Margaret C. Peters

Margaret Campbell Peters, 88, passed away at her home on River Street under Hospice Care on March 3, 2013, after a long battle with lung disease.

She was born on June 17, 1924, in Chambersburg, Pa., during the period when her father, James O. Campbell, was state Assistant Attorney General in Harrisburg. After two years in Harrisburg, her family moved to Butler, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, where her father was elected Judge of Butler County. Sadly, her father died at the age of 51, while Margaret was only 6 years old.

Margaret Campbell graduated from Butler High School in 1941, and was active in music including Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. From 1941 to graduation in 1945, she went to Wilson College, a liberal arts woman’s college in Chambersburg. Here she sang in the choir and was captain of the swimming team.

In her first fall at Wilson, she met a local boy, Theodore Peters Jr., whose family had been friends of her mother, Helen M. Campbell. In fact, the two mothers had roomed together at Wilson College.

After numerous trips to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., where Ted Peters was a chemical engineering major, the two became engaged in 1943, and were married June 9, 1945, in Butler. It was a marriage that lasted over 67 years ending only with her death.

Peters was at that time a Navy radar and electronics officer, selected for the submarine service. The young couple lived first in New London, Conn., where he graduated at the top of a class of 100 officers at Submarine School, so was able to choose his assignment. This took them to San Diego, Calif., where they lived for 1 ½ years.

They loved California and traveled to many of its sites such as San Francisco, Sequoia Park and Yosemite Valley.

Upon release from active duty in 1947, they drove East through California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and South Dakota visiting historic places.

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