‘Army’s Angel’ Margaret Toye Tyler Dies at 87

Posted February 3, 2009 at 4:41pm

Margaret Toye Tyler, commonly referred to as “Army’s Angel,” passed away Sunday at the age of 87.

Tyler began her Capitol Hill career as an employee in the Air Force’s legislative liaison office in 1964. Later that year, she moved on to the Office of the Secretary of the Army as a special projects officer and Congressional caseworker. In 1968, Tyler became a Congressional liaison representative with the Army Senate Liaison Division. The office has since been put under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison.

Tyler started in the federal government as a career civil service employee in the Department of the Navy in 1956, then moved to the U.S. Army Construction Agency in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1959.

Born April 18, 1923, in Richmond, England, to Sidney and Lucy Toye, Tyler gained U.S. citizenship upon her marriage to the late retired Navy Capt. Sidney F. Tyler on Feb. 24, 1954.

On Jan. 22, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) passed a committee resolution that expressed its appreciation for her many years of service to the Army and Congress.

“The men and women of our Armed Forces deserve the best support and assistance we in Congress can give them. Day in and day out, for the past 45 years, Margaret has helped us support the men and women of the U.S. Army and their families to the best of her ability. Thousands of soldiers and their families have been touched by her dedicated, professional, and personal care,” the statement read.

Tyler was renowned for her outgoing personality and distinctive clothing. Former colleagues and Members of Congress dubbed her Army’s Angel for the love and affection she displayed.

Tyler is survived by grandson Robert Roehrs and his wife, Kim, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were not finalized at press time.