John Simon Beecher
Carrie Irene Gilbert
Samuel James Miller Jr.
Mary Catherine Garman
Samuel Arnold Beecher
Elizabeth Jane Miller
Margaret Ione Beecher


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1. Fred Lee Widney

Margaret Ione Beecher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 15 Sep 1930, Newville, Cumberland, PA 1 2 8
  • Marriage (1): Fred Lee Widney on 3 Jan 1960 in Scotland Evangelical United Brethren Church, Scotland, Franklin, PA 1 2
  • Died: 2 Jul 2015, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA at age 84 2

   Another name for Margaret was Peggy Beecher.2

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1940 in Newville, Cumberland, PA. 9 The 1940 census recorded two Beecher families as close neighbors on Rural Delivery route 1 in Newville:

John Beecher, widowed, 80, was living with his daughter, Ella Beecher, 46; son Paul, bulldozer operator, 30; daughter Winifred, 10; and son Glenn, 9. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.

Samuel Beecher, 34, was living with wife Elizabeth D., 34; Leona, 13; Gerald, 12; Margaret, 9; Richard, 7; Mary, 4; Joan, 1. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. No one had an occupation listed.

2. Newspaper: Public Opinion: Margaret Beecher, Fred L. Widney Exchange Vows, 11 Jan 1960, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 10 (photo of Mrs. Fred L. Widney)
Margaret Beecher, Fred L. Widney Exchange Vows
Scotland Evangelical United Brethren Church was the setting of a pretty post-holiday wedding Sunday afternoon, January 3, when Miss Margaret lone Beecher, Scotland, became the bride of Fred L. Widney, R. R. 3, Chambersburg.
Baskets of white chrysanthemums, palms and candelabrum decorated the church altar for the double ring ceremony which was performed by the Rev. Karl Varner at 2:30 o'clock.
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Beecher, R. R. 1, Shippensburg, and Mr. Widney is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice G. Widney, R. R. 3, Chambersburg.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a waltz-length gown of white Chantilly lace over satin. The molded bodice featured long pointed sleeves, edged with tiny ruffled Chantilly lace, and accented the bouffant sweep skirt. A finger-tip veil of imported pure silk illusion was caught to a bandeau of sequins. She carried a cascade bouquet of white chrysanthemums, with white satin streamers. Her only jewelry was a single strand of pearls and matching earrings.
Mrs. Mary Frengel, R. R. 1, Shipertsburg, served as her sister's matron of honor. She wore a waltz-length gown of emerald color satin designed with short sleeves, a basque waist and a full skirt. She had a bandeau of white feathers, and carried a colonial bouquet of white chrysanthemums, held with white satin ribbon.
Three other sisters of the bride, Mrs. Joan Ashburn. R. R. 4, Carlisle; Miss Nancy Beecher and Miss Rebecca Beecher, R. R. 1. Shippensburg. were bridesmaids. They wore gowns like that of the matron of honor, with matching accessories.
Kathy Douclas. Scotland, and Joni Frengel, the bride's niece, R. R. 1, Shippensburg, served as flower girls. They wore dresses of poinsettia red satin, trimmed with while satin and white chantilly lace, and carried small bouquets of white mums.
Dwight Widney. brother of the bridegroom, carried the rings on a white satin pillow, edged Chantilly lace. Baine Barnhart, R. R. 1. served his brother-in-law as best man. Ushers were Maurice Widney Jr., brother of the bridegroom; Richard Beecher, R. R. 1. Newville, brother or the bride; Ernie Frengel, R. R. 1, Shippensburg, Doyle Ashburn, R. R. 4, Carlisle, brothers-in-law of the bride.
The traditional wedding marches and a 20-minute recital were played by Mrs. John Sleichter, Scotland, organist.
Richard Kramer, Chambersburg, was the soloist.
Two hundred guests attended a reception at the Scotland Community Hall. A four-tier wedding cake, topped with miniature bride and groom, was used as the centerpiece at the brides table. Tables for guests were decorated with winter bouquets, pine and candles. Guests were introduced by Monroe Byers, to the receiving line which consisted of Mrs. Beecher. Mr. and Mrs. Widney and members of the bridal party.
Gerald Beecher was in charge of the cuest book. Mr. and Mrs. George Eberly, Chambersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Byers and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Burkholder, R. R. 1, were receptionists. Mrs. Irvin Douglas. Scotland, Mrs. Blaine Barnhart. R. R. 1. and Mrs. Richard Beecher, R. R. 1, Newville, received the gifts.
When the couple left for a Florida honeymoon, the bride wore an outfit of winter wool in shades of beige, with beige accessories.
The bride is a graduate of Shippensburg High School and is employed at the Stanley Co., Chambersburg. The groom is a graduate of Chambersburg High School and is a lineman for Cumberland Valley Electric Co., Mercersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Widney will reside in their newly furnished apartment on R. R. 2.

3. Residence: R. R. 2, Chambersburg, PA on 15 Mar 1961 in Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 11

4. Residence: on 21 Feb 1967 in Walkersville, Frederick, MD, United States. 12

5. Residence: on 8 Mar 1984 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD. 6

6. Residence: on 27 Jul 1992 in Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 7

7. Obituary: Public Opinion: obituary of Margaret Widney on 8 Jul 2015 in Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. 2 Margaret (Peggy) Widney, 84, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Peggy was born September 15, 1930, in Newville, PA to Elizabeth Jane (Miller) and Samuel Arnold Beecher. She graduated from Shippensburg High School in 1948 and was subsequently employed by the Stanley Company from 1948-1960. She married Fred L. Widney in Scotland, PA on January 3, 1960. Peggy dedicated her life to managing her home, caring for her children, and working on various domestic hobbies. She kept a large organic garden, canned or froze her harvest, and served nutritious and delicious homemade dinners to her family each evening. Peggy delighted her children and grandchildren with quilts, nap-time blankets and pillows, dresses with matching doll outfits, and stuffed animals. Family and friends reminisce about the large variety of cookies, candies, and caramel corn with pecans that Peggy made and shared over the holidays. Peggy was somewhat shy but had a radiant smile and a quick, witty mind. She was a bit of a prankster with those she knew well. Peggy exhibited her Christian faith with quiet strength and deep compassion. She was active in youth ministries. In their retired years, Peggy and Fred enjoyed travel and spoiling their grandchildren. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 56 years, Fred; and their three children, Annette, Nancy and Steve Widney. Three grandchildren will strive to honor her memory, Joshua Heinsheimer, Kyle and Kelsey Chang. The memorial service will be held at the Greenvillage Church of God, 5164 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17202 on July 17, 2015. Visitation will start at 10:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Donations may be made to the Greenvillage Church of God Youth Ministries; or to SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice of Chambersburg, PA.

Margaret married Fred Lee Widney, son of Maurice Glenn Widney Sr. and Edna Catherine Gabler, on 3 Jan 1960 in Scotland Evangelical United Brethren Church, Scotland, Franklin, PA.1 2 (Fred Lee Widney was born on 6 Dec 1937 in Chambersburg, Franklin, PA 1.)


1, <i>Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950</i>, marriage of Fred Lee Widney and Margaret Ione Beecher, 1959.

2 <i>Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA)</i> (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 8 Jul 2015, page 4, obituary of Margaret Widney.

3 <i>Carlisle Daily Sentinel</i> (Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania), 19 Dec 2002, Obituary of Gerald T. Beecher.

4, <i>Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950</i>, Samuel Arnold Beecher in entry for Fred Lee Widney and Margaret Ione Beecher, 1959.

5 <i>Shippensburg News-Chronicle</i> (Shippensburg, Cumberland, Pennsylvania.), 4 Nov 1975, page 3. Golden Anniversary of Mr. Mrs. Samuel A. Beecher.

6 <i>Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA)</i> (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 9 Mar 1984, page 15. Obituary of Samuel A. Beecher.

7 <i>Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA)</i> (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 27 Jul 1992, page 4. Obituary of Elizabeth J. Beecher.

8 <i>1940 United States Census</i>, Samuel Beecher, Penn Township, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 21-46, sheet 5B, family 81, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3479.

9 <i>1940 United States Census</i>, John Beecher, Penn Township, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 21-46, sheet 5B, family 85, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3479.

10 <i>Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA)</i> (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 11 Jan 1960, page 5. Marriage Beecher - Widney.

11 <i>Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA)</i> (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 15 Mar 1961, page 6.

12 <i>Public Opinon (Chambersburg, PA)</i> (Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania.), 21 Feb 1967, page 38. Birth of daughter of Fred Widney.

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