Margaret V. Morris

Margaret V. Morris, age 96, passed away on Tuesday April 24th, 2018 at Heartland Hospice House.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (Donahue) and George Distler. She was a graduate of J.W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. She worked as a secretary at Frankford Arsenal for 14 years and for the Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University for 31 years until her retirement at 74 years old. Margaret loved corresponding and would send cards to family and friends for every occasion. She drove her white Volkswagen Beatle to eat two meals a day at her favorite restaurant, Crossroads, until this past October.

Predeceased by her husband Daniel, Margaret is survived by her son, Thomas P. Morris (Joan) of Wilmington, DE; her daughter, Barbara D. Pferrer (David) of Nazareth, PA; her grandchildren, Coleen, Timothy, Nicholas, Melissa, Jessica, Patricia, Lauren, and Thomas; and her great-grandchildren, Morgan, Peyton, Matthew, Caitlin, Luca, William, Madeline, Ella, Leo, Lucas, Henry David, and Henry Chapin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 at 11AM, where friends and family are invited to a visitation beginning at 10AM, on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Margaret was a cat lover so the family suggests contributions to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive Wilmington, DE 19804. Online condolences may be made at


Submitted by Susan Pferrer on
I am so sorry for your loss May God Bless you and your family, as she was a wonderful person.

Submitted by AW on
My sincerest condolences to you all. May the God of all comfort (Psalms 83:18) help you during these difficult times.

Submitted by Esther on
"And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4

Submitted by Rebecca on
Please accept my deepest sympathy over the death of Margaret . May you find comfort in family  and friends,  and also from the words find at John 5:28,29. Which says, " Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practice vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

Submitted by Suzanne Brookes on
To the family of Margaret Morris..."Maggie" When I hadn't received one of Margaret's jolly holiday cards in a while...especially St. Patrick's Day, I worried that she had fallen ill. I am very sad to read of her passing. Maggie was a life force! I worked with her for several years at the Graduate School at Princeton University. While always professional, she had such a joy in life! I'll never forget her coming to work with a Phillies hat on after a big win! I was born in Philadelphia and loved the city. She and I reminisced about John Wanamaker's where I believe she worked at one point. She called it "Wanny's"! She had such pride in being part of the Princeton University family, especially when the Graduate School staff were invited to President Bowen's for a staff Christmas party at the official residence. We kept in touch with our cards and letters for years. She got to meet my first born, Gordon in 1989 just after I left the Graduate School staff. She loved her family above all and was so proud of her children and grandchildren. I was happy to read of her kitty in one of her Christmas cards. She always found love and spread cheer year after year. When one of her cards arrived, I always knew it was from Margaret. No one else came close to her beautiful handwriting. I lost my own mother only two years ago at age 93. These lives are so precious because of the distance they've traveled with us. My deepest sympathy! She looks lovely in the photo here. Suzanne Brookes (Princeton University, Office of Graduate Admissions in the 1980's)