Margaret J. “Peggy” Griffiths

Margaret J. “Peggy” Griffiths passed away peacefully on December 26, 2023, following a long illness, at the age of 83. She was born on March 1, 1940, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, to her late parents, James B. Sharkey and Mary F. Sharkey (nee Cullinane).

Peggy is survived by her loving children, Beth Griffiths Browning, James Griffiths, and Meghan Griffiths Reed, along with their respective spouses: Colin Browning, Pamela Griffiths, and David Reed. She was a cherished grandmother to Anna Browning, Caroline Browning, Hannah Griffiths, Chloe Griffiths Beamer, Lillian Griffiths, and Kathleen Reed.

Peggy was preceded in death by her beloved spouse, Stuart Malcolm Griffiths Jr, and their son, Stuart Malcolm Griffiths III.

Peggy had a distinguished career in nursing and academia. She held various roles throughout her career, including RN, MSN, AOCN, and CNE. Peggy served as a Professor Emeritus at Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing and also as an Assistant Dean at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her dedication to the field and passion for teaching left a lasting impact on her colleagues and students.

Peggy proudly served in the Navy and was a valued member of the military community.

In her free time, Peggy enjoyed gardening, listening to classical music, and cooking. Her green thumb and culinary skills brought joy to her family and friends.

Peggy’s dedication to her family, her profession, and her community will always be remembered and cherished. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family extends a special thank you to all of the staff at Visiting Angels. 

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 18, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A Funeral Mass will be held in her honor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Friday, January 19, 2024, at 10:00 am. Following the Mass, she will be laid to rest at Peninsula Memorial Park at 11:00 am.


  1. Anne Belcher

    So very sad to hear of Peggy’s death. She was a valued colleague and a cherished friend. I will miss meeting her for lunch in Havre de Grace, MD and solving nursing education challenges (or at least trying to do so).

  2. Gunther Arlene

    I had the pleasure of meeting Peggy at the Woman’s Cub in Hilton. She covered for me as leader of sandwich making for Salvation Army. She was a kind, compassionate person and I miss her.

  3. Cathy J. Dervrich

    I worked with and for Dr. Griffiths at Jefferson. I admired her very much and respected her opinions always. I can still see her office in the corner with her sitting at her desk. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Kathy Czekanski

    I had the pleasure of working with Peggy for many years at Jefferson and she continued to be a friend and mentor after. I have many fond memories of our times together and am so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

  5. Elizabeth Speakman

    Peggy was one of the most talented nurse educators I have ever known. I had the pleasure of working with her at Thomas Jefferson University and am proud to have had her as my mentor and friend

  6. Anne Keane

    Peggy was an amazing colleague and good friend. We shared many years at Penn Nursing working with students, developing projects, carrying out grants, and teaching courses. She was a top level gardener, cook, art critic and above all family matriarch and proud mother and grandmother. I shall miss her!

  7. Priscilla O Connor

    Peggy was a lovely colleague who was a sensitive faculty member for young minority students at PCC. Nursing lost a valuable member. May she rest in peace.

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