Obituary for Margaret Landers
Margaret Mary ”Peggy” Landers, 86, died peacefully at home in Holly Hill, Florida, on November 16, 2017. She is survived by her children: Michele Meyers (Jack), Patricia McFadden, William Landers, Susan Burcham (Jeff), Mary Melcer, Margaret Landers Graves (Vincent Cox), Joseph Landers, and Monica Hammons (Tim). Peggy is predeceased by her husband, Bob Landers, and her two sons, John Landers and James Landers. Peggy has 28 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, all of whom are the delight of her life.
The first child of Henrietta and Edward Soukup, Peggy was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Peggy graduated from St. Lucy’s Catholic High School in 1948. She is also survived by her brother, Joe (Margaret) Soukup, and her sister, Joan Thomas.
Peggy was married to the love of her life, “Just” Bob, for over 60 years. They made homes in Rochester and Syracuse, NY, and later moved to Holly Hill, Florida. Peggy worked in the banking industry for over 20 years.
Peggy sought out ways to improve her community by actively volunteering for many organizations. After the tragic death of her son, John, she founded the Volusia County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Peggy completed the Masters of Religious Education program at Loyola University and was the Religious Education Director at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Daytona Beach for many years. She was a Guardian ad litem in Volusia County and helped countless children in the foster care system. She was a class room volunteer in Volusia County schools, she loved working in the library and reading to the children.
Peggy was a true life example of being the hands and feet of Jesus. She was non-judgmental in her love and kind to all. Everyone who knew her loved her, and she had a very large circle of friends and family.
Peggy’s life will be celebrated during the wake on Tuesday evening (November 21) at the Dale Woodward Funeral Home 167 Ridgewood Avenue in Holly Hill from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Basilica of St. Paul, Ridgewood Avenue in Daytona Beach at 9 am on Wednesday November 22, 2017. Burial will be held following the mass at Daytona Memorial Park, 1425 Bellevue Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International (www.heifer.org) which works with communities to end world hunger and poverty, and to care for the earth. Condolences may be shared at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com.