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Margaret "Maggie" Sanders

July 31, 1953 — December 2, 2023

Margaret "Maggie" Sanders

 

Margaret (Maggie) Adger Malloy Sanders died on Saturday December 2, 2023, surrounded by family and love. Maggie was born on July 31, 1953 and grew up in Cheraw, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Marion Cason Plowden and William Manning Malloy. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Richard Sanders; her son, Jason (Lisa) Leake; her daughter, Jessica Sanders; and two granddaughters, Sydney and Sienna Leake. Maggie is also survived by her siblings Bill (Susan) Malloy, Mary (Don) Kelley, and Marion Murphy.

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 PM on December 15, 2023 at the First Presbyterian Church in Cheraw, South Carolina officiated by Pastor Max Michaels with a reception to follow in the church fellowship building. A private burial will be held at Old St. David’s Cemetery.

 

The family was raised in a loving, Christian home and attended the First Presbyterian Church, where their parents sang in the choir. Summers were spent at Myrtle Beach with their grandparent’s (Edwin and Margaret Malloy) summer home, Casa Coquina, with many cousins making special fond memories; and the wonderful meals prepared with love by Estella Chapman. While the adults napped in the afternoon the kids played Canasta, Hearts and Gin Rummy. Maggie loved playing cards with friends and family, especially during her illness.

 

Christmas was the highlight of the year living in the Lafayette House, with the house festively decorated and Christmas music playing. Music was always a part of life. One highlight was doing “The Twist” to the Chubby Checker song.

 

Maggie attended Chatham Hall School in Chatham, Virginia and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She maintained many wonderful relationships with classmates from both schools throughout her life.

 

She had an outgoing personality and made friends and found community wherever she went. She married Robin Leake while living in Oregon, where she had many wonderful adventures and gave birth to their son, Jason. Maggie later lived in California, Arkansas, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, and North Carolina, and left a trail of friendships in all these places. Her sincerity and easy connections with others made her a natural real estate agent, where she was at the top of her field for almost 40 years.

 

Maggie and Richard met and married in California. They later had their daughter, Jessica; and were partners and best friends through all of life’s adventures together. Maggie was a constant and wonderful mother to her two children, sharing with them her passion for music, art, nature, meditation, and fitness. Summers water skiing at the lake, cooking, swimming with friends, and long walks in the woods are all cherished memories. She had many beloved dog companions over the years which brought her much joy, as did painting later in life.

 

The world is better because she was in it, and she will be missed by all.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McArn Food Bank, PO Box 372, Cheraw, SC 29520; Friendship Place, PO Box 282, Georgetown, SC 29442; or MANNA Foodbank, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805-2445.

 

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Memorial Service

Friday, December 15, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Presbyterian Church

300 Market St, Cheraw, SC 29520

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Visitation

Friday, December 15, 2023

1:45 - 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

First Presbyterian Church

300 Market St, Cheraw, SC 29520

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