Margaret E. (Higgins) Williams, 94: Longtime teacher, literacy volunteer

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WEST BATH — Margaret E. “Peg” Williams, 94, died Jan. 22 at the Hawthorne House in Freeport.

Born in Southwest Harbor on June 30, 1916, she was a daughter of Fred J. and Ethel L. Higgins, and attended Bath schools.

In 1938 she graduated from Colby College, and also attended the University of Rhode Island. Later on she received a master’s degree from the University of Maine in Orono.

For a many years she taught in public and private schools and universities in Maine and Florida until she retired in 1977.

In her free time, she was an active member of Literacy Volunteers, a member of the United Church of Christ, and a life member of the Maine Maritime Museum.

Her husband of 55 years, Owen H. Williams, predeceased her in 1998.

Surviving are two sons, Owen H. Williams, Jr., and his wife Laurel of Salem, N.H., and James B. Williams and his wife Elizabeth of West Bath; four grandsons, Eric Williams and his wife Cynthia of Cambridge, Mass., Michael Williams and his wife Amanda of Kingston, N.H., Andrew Williams and his wife Honey of Wells, Gregory Williams and his girlfriend Annie of Boulder, Colo.; one great-grandson, Merrik Williams of Wells; a sister-in–law, Dorothy Hayward of Portland; and several nieces and nephews.

At her request there will be no public services.

Arrangements for a private service in Southwest Harbor will be made at a later date.

Her family would like to express their gratitude and appreciate to the staff at Hawthorne House for all the care and love given to her during her stay.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pattern Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, ME.

Thoughts and condolences can be shared online with her family at

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