Margaret (“Peg”) McDaniel Byers, 101, died peacefully at Willow Valley Communities on February 7, 2022. She was born August 30, 1920 in Philadelphia to Margaret Heilman McDaniel and William Anders McDaniel.

After graduating from Olney High School where she held numerous management positions, she began a business program at Temple University School of Commerce. There she achieved high honors and acquired skills which she skillfully applied first in the office of the then Registrar and later President of Millard Gladfelter University and throughout her life as a volunteer. with many charities.

In October 1942, she married Arthur M. Byers, Jr., whom she had met at Olney Presbyterian Church. The couple lived at the Officers’ Training School in Durham, North Carolina, until Arthur was sent to Europe by the Army. Their first child, Elizabeth Jean (“Betsy”) was born while he was in Europe. Arthur enrolled in Princeton Seminary in 1947, their second child Ruth Anne was born and they moved to Wissinoming where Margaret became a clergyman’s wife and David Arthur was born. They moved to Princeton in 1953 when Arthur began a new job with the General Council of the Presbyterian Church in New York, and their son John William was born. In 1964 Arthur became secretary of Princeton Theological Seminary and they built a spacious home where Peg excelled in welcoming seminary students and faculty as well as visitors from many countries.

While at Princeton, Peg served as a volunteer leader for the Mercer County Department of Social Services Advisory Council, PEO Sisterhood, Present Day Club, Princeton YWCA, Women’s Club of Princeton, Princeton Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, and the Mercer Departmental Extension Service. At First Presbyterian Church of Princeton (later Nassau Presbyterian), she served as elder-trustee, deacon, representative on the Princeton Interfaith Committee, president of the Women’s Association, and commissioner of the Presbytery of New Brunswick.

After she and Arthur moved to Willow Valley North in Lancaster in 1993, she set up a volunteer program for residents who served as receptionists in the lobby and arranged tours. She became the first president of the Willow Valley Group of PEO members residing there. She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster for nearly 30 years and of the PEO AK-PA chapter. During her lifetime she traveled across the Americas, the British Isles, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hawaii and the Caribbean. . She was also a loyal Volvo owner and driver. Even in her hundred and first year, she was vivid with a vivid memory and wit.

Peg was predeceased by her parents and her husband Arthur, who died in 2002, and is survived by her children, Elizabeth (James) Roghair, Ruth Anne (Bob) Fraley, David (Linda Konrad) Byers and John (Barbara) Byers, small children; Laura Fraley, Chris (Sara) Byers, Steve (Courtney) Byers and great-grandchildren Leah and Liza Byers.

A funeral service will be held at Princeton (NJ) Cemetery on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2022. A virtual memorial service will be held soon. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., Lancaster PA 17602 for its Kepler Hall renovation projects. To leave a condolence online, please visit:

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