Mrs. Margaret (Margey) Pfeiffer

Mrs. Margaret (Margey) Pfeiffer


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Margaret (Margey) Walker Pfeiffer, 82, who died on Thursday, March 24, 2022. She was born December 10, 1939.

Margey grew up in Greencastle, PA and graduated from Grove City College, Grove City, PA and received her master’s degree in special education from Southern Connecticut State University. She taught elementary education in New York State public schools, served as a substance abuse counselor in New York and Connecticut, and worked as an adult special education supervisor and taught individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Margey was the wife of Rev Terry W. Pfeiffer, who retired from the New York Conference in 2008. Rev. Pfeiffer served several churches in Connecticut: First and Diamond Hill UMCs in Greenwich, Danbury UMC, Grace UMC in Fairfield, and Newtown UMC. Margey actively carried out her belief in The United Methodist Church’s commitment to Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. For many years she invested her energies as a lay member in the New York Annual Conference. She passionately generated thousands of dollars for The United Methodist Church’s “Imagine No Malaria” ministry toward the elimination of deadly malaria in Africa. 

Margey exercised a deep faith and love of God in service to the Carteret Street UMC in Beaufort, SC, where she and Terry lived in retirement. She was a trained and certified lay speaker and servant in The United Methodist Church. She taught lessons on the Bible in the Adult Trinity Sunday School Class, and hosted in-home monthly Lectionary Bible Studies. She served faithfully on the Mission and Outreach Committee, the Committee on Christian Nurture, and the United Methodist Women in the Ouida Shearouse Circle. She preached and led worship periodically at local nursing homes and lovingly developed and helped lead the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Margey enjoyed and promoted her church, Bible study, prayer, worship, Holy Communion, baptism, meditation, spiritual growth, forgiveness, reconciliation, peacemaking, inclusion, equality, and service to others. In her 32 years as a clergy spouse, she supported, shared and enriched immensely Terry’s ministry. She helped comfort people, assist in pastoral and hospital visits, and pray with people.

She loved bridge, all kinds of board games, trivia games, Scrabble, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Rummikub, bocce and winning over her husband! She also thoroughly enjoyed fishing and out-fishing her husband! She had a delightful sense of humor.

In addition to her husband, Rev. Terry Pfeiffer, she is survived by her son, David Hale and his wife, Corey Tartarczuk, and granddaughters Chloe and Zola Hale, of Brooklyn NY; her daughter, Karen Roberts, and granddaughter Katelyn Roberts and grandson Christopher Roberts, of Beaufort SC; Terry’s son Douglas Pfeiffer and his wife, Karen Karbiener, and granddaughter Annike Karbiener Pfeiffer, of Manhattan, NY; Terry’s son Michael Pfeiffer and his wife, Emily, and grandchild Ru Pfeiffer and grandson Kai Godfrey, of Hadley, MA; a sister, Jane McCutcheon and her husband, Bob McCutcheon, of Harrisburg, PA and their families.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at the Carteret Street UMC. Memorial gifts to remember Margey can be given to the Carteret Street UMC, 408 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 or to Friends of Caroline Hospice of Beaufort, Inc., 1110 13th Street, Port Royal, SC 29935.