Dr. Margaret Jean Williams-Betlyn (Peggy)
Dr. Margaret Jean Williams-Betlyn (Peggy), 80, of Moon Twp., A devoted wife, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, passed away on Saturday, May 6th. She was a devoted educator, community member and family member. Peggy is survived by her husband, Howard, of 33 years, her brother Patrick, of Robinson township, her nieces and nephews, Mark and Megan Hartz, Chad and Melissa Bertrand of Moon Township and her great nephew and niece Roman Hartz and Joelle Bertrand. She is the daughter of the late Carl and Jennie Williams of Burgettstown. Peggy graduated from Burgettstown High School, received her bachelor’s degree in education from Franciscan University, master’s degree in counseling from West Virginia University and PHD in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an educator for over 40 years working at various colleges and universities. Her college administration career began at Harcum Junior College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and continued at Franciscan University, Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, Ohio and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC).She was president of CCBC from 1990-1999.She then moved to the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) where she was the Senior Vice President of Workforce Development and CEO North Campus and West Hills Center 1999-2008.She is President Emerita of The Community College of Beaver County. As a community leader, she was a member of the board of the Heritage Valley Medical Group, Heritage Valley Pediatric Board and the Medical Group. She served as Chair of the board of trustees of Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI), and was also a board member for over 20 years. She enjoyed traveling and visiting all 50 states and one third of the world countries. While her professional accomplishments were plentiful, her greatest joys were her family, friends, travel, gardening and enjoying life.
Family, friends, and others whose lives were touched by Peggy are invited to a Memorial Gathering in Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) on Wednesday May 10th from 9 – 10:30 AM. Memorial Mass to follow at St. Margaret Mary Church (1 Parish Pl, Coraopolis, PA 15108).
Memorial donations may be made to: President Emerita Dr. Margaret Williams-Betlyn Endowment for a Diverse Workforce. Using the following link: https://web.charityengine.net/Default.aspx?tsid=17626
Or Mailed to: CCBC Foundation, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA 15061 (Memo: Dr Margaret Williams-Betlyn Scholarship Memorium)
5 thoughts on “Dr. Margaret Jean Williams-Betlyn (Peggy)”
Peggy was my friend and my Board Chair at Pittsburgh Technical College, where she served tirelessly for 25 years. She never wavered in her support of the College and it’s students. Peggy never missed a commencement or college event. Her devotion and love for her “college on the bluff” was undeniable. I will truly miss our conversations and her wisdom, her creativity and her energy. She was a phenomenal woman. The Major and I wish the family peace that surpasses all understanding and that you will be comforted by her memories, especially her beloved Howard. We miss and love you my dearest Chair!
Peggy Jean was a longtime friend. We lived across the street from one another during our high school and college years. She was one of my bridesmaids . When I moved to Texas , she was one of the few friends who flew there to visit. Our friendship continued over the decades . I never came back to Pittsburgh without getting together with Peg. She was wise, kind and had a zest for life. I shall miss her terribly.
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of my ‘Big Sister’ Marcy. We spent so many great times in Steubenville and made wonderful college memories.
We have gotten together many times since then to reminisce over a good meal.
She was gracious and beautiful and I will miss her very much.
Dear Peggie, You brightened our lives and now you walk with God to brighten Heaven. We pray the Lord takes you and keeps you forever and forever. Mary Betlyn Paul Betlyn
I was a student at CCBC when Peggy was employed there back in 1973/4
I remember her being so nice and helpful to me. Her kindness will always be remembered by me. It’s a coincidence that recently I was just reminiscing of those days and Peggy’s name was brought up! Then I read about her passing. My deepest sympathy to her family . I was privileged to know her.