Margaret “Peggy” Werber, a lineal descendant of Thomas Hinckley, Governor of Plymouth Colony and first Governor of Massachusetts, passed away suddenly Friday, June 3. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she epitomized grace, intelligence and kindheartedness. An accomplished horsewoman, she graced the cover of the June 15, 1947 issue of Parade Magazine having won, at age 16, the International Open Jumping Championship between the United States, Canada and Mexico against riders of all ages, both amateur and professional. It was at one of her events that she met her future husband, Charles “Jerry” Werber, to whom she was married for 61 years.
A tireless volunteer, she became president of the Junior League of Long Island. After moving to Rumson, she joined the Junior League of Monmouth County where she became Volunteer of the Year in 1970 and, subsequently, President from 1972-1974. After retiring from the Junior League, she joined Family and Children Services of Monmouth County and served a term as that agency’s President.
A longtime member of Rumson Country Club, she was the first woman elected to the Board of Directors. In addition, she counted Sea Bright Beach Club as one of her favorite places.
An astute businesswoman, she and Jerry owned the popular women’s clothing boutique Rumson Roulette until retiring to Vero Beach, Florida. Upon her husband’s death, she returned to her beloved Sea Bright.
Peggy lost her dear Jerry in 2010 and is survived by her sister Patricia H. Johnson and her three children and their spouses: son Randall G. Werber and wife Barbara, daughter Carol and husband Jack Frost, and daughter Mindy and husband Jack Pettit. She has eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren who will always miss their sweet Granny.
Special thanks go to Em Lawes, B.J. Thompson, Lee Weber, June Stewart and Diane Dey for their unfailing friendship over the years. Finally, she wants all her friends to know that she plans to laugh with Ethel, Peggy, Ellen and Jean and dance once again with her Jerry.
Thompson Memorial Home handled the arrangements. A memorial service will be held at St. George’s by the River at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9. In lieu of flowers, those who wish can make a contribution to Family and Children Services of Monmouth County, 191 Bath Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740 or fcsmonmouth.org.
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