"Peg" Williams, 100
artist attributes longevity to the single
Gloucester Daily News
Williams, who turned 100 (recently), shared
her centennial as the center of attention at
a party attended by artists, writers,
political activists, merchants and many
others. Stories of her charm and spirit flow
easily from her friends and neighbors, who
share a close-knit neighborhood ...
Williams, a watercolor painter with an
unusual design background, beginning with
her early career designing Aubusson rugs,
was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the
Flatbush section of New York City’s Brooklyn
neighborhood. She attended the Pratt
Institute of Art in New York City.
Between the dozens of greetings, Williams
talked about her family. She admired the
work of her father, Orville P. Williams,
considered a top political cartoonist of the
20th century. He depicted political events
and issues during the Depression,
Prohibition and the two world wars.
...When asked to what she attributes her
longevity, she commented that she never
married. But she traveled the world and
found great companionship with her beloved
dachshunds, through which she met many
friends, who also shared an affinity for
“They were the love of my life,” she said,
especially her last dog, Tess.
A close friend remembered that if tourists
left their dogs locked in a parked car, they
might be sorry.
“Peg would think nothing of throwing a
bucket of water through the slightly open
window to cool the poor darling down,” she
...“I love the outdoors...,” Williams said.
“I’m not a city person, really.”
She was an avid rock climber and champion
tennis player. As a girl she played field
hockey and rode horses.
“I can’t complain about my life,” she said
while seated on a plush couch in her
neighbor’s home, surrounded by friends,
fresh flowers, birthday cards, food and
Roger Armstrong, owner of State of the Art
Gallery and Sculpture Garden, is a Williams
“She’s one of my favorite women in the
world,” he said.
For several years, Williams has gone up in
a cherry-picker truck to place the star on
top of the town’s Christmas tree.
“The town provides the bucket loader to put
the star at the top, but I think the loader
was for show because she could climb up
there if she wanted to,” Armstrong said.
“She’s a hugely independent woman, who has a
magnificent and varied past. She’s always
very upbeat. People who live that long, and
do that well, have to maintain a positive
and optimistic outlook. That is key.”