Margaret Williams Migliore, 83, died in Princeton Hospital on November 29, 2017 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family and friends. She had been a resident of Princeton for fifty-nine years.
Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, she graduated with a B.A. from Westminster College (PA) and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Her long career in public school teaching included two years at Robinson Township High School, PA, followed by four years at Hightstown High School, and over twenty years at the John Witherspoon Middle School and Princeton High School, where she taught classes in typing, business subjects, and English. She is fondly remembered by many of her former students at Princeton High who often told her of the value of the skills she taught them.
Margaret was active in the life of Nassau Presbyterian Church, where she served at various times as Deacon, Elder, Junior High Sunday School teacher, and choir member. She also served as a member of the New Brunswick Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry and for years was part of a national team of examiners responsible for evaluating the test performance of seminary graduates hoping to qualify for ordination. As spouse of a Seminary professor, on numerous occasions she warmly welcomed to her home Princeton Seminary students and visiting scholars from around the world.
Margaret was also active in community organizations, including the Trenton Children's Chorus and the recently formed Stitchers for Peace, a regular gathering of women from the Princeton Jewish Center, the Mosque of the Islamic Society of Central NJ, and Nassau Presbyterian Church, whose goal is to deliver a message of hope and healing by providing hand-stitched items to people throughout the world whose lives are upended by violent conflict in their homelands. A favorite of Margaret was the project of providing children of migrants or children in war-torn countries with warm and colorful quilted mats on which the children might sleep. The work of the group also serves the cause of peace and reconciliation among people of different religious traditions. In what spare time Margaret had, she loved to quilt and garden.
She is survived by her husband Daniel L. Migliore, Professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, her daughter Rebecca Migliore , Pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange, NJ, her son Mark Migliore, Principal of Eastside Christian School in Bellevue, WA, her brother, John Williams of Columbus, IN, and her two grandsons, Luca and Matteo.
The funeral service will be held in Nassau Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 9, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Arm in Arm (former Trenton Crisis Ministry Program) at Arminarm.org.