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January 2, 2019, 2:00 PM

In Memory of Margaret Wilkins Etheredge

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Margaret W. Etheredge at 11:00 o’clock a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019, at St. John’s Episcopal Church (Shandon) in Columbia, South Carolina.

Margaret W. Etheredge, 74, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday, December 20, 2018, after an extended illness.  Margaret, born in Asheville, North Carolina, was a daughter of the late Edward B. Wilkins, Jr. and Louise Hyder Wilkins. Ms. Etheredge graduated from Dreher High School and attended the University of South Carolina.  

The overarching theme of Maggie’s life was love.   Everyone loved Mrs. Maggie, especially the generations of local children who would stop for a chat while she was working in her yard.  She never met a stranger and always treated everyone the same, regardless of race, gender or social standing, serving her community and sharing her gifts to help others.  Maggie was a great lover of nature who marveled daily at God’s creation, the beauty of the world and loved all manner of animals and wildlife. An avid reader and collector, she founded the non-profit Recycle Elloree in an effort to educate others on the importance of taking care of the environment.  Her abundant compassion for helping those less fortunate was evident as she rescued hundreds of kitties over her lifetime and spearheaded efforts to obtain new housing for a local lady whose home was destroyed in Hurricane Hugo.  One of her greatest legacies was passing on to her children and grandchildren her love for animals, classical music, the stars, nature and all of God’s creation.

She loved spending time with grandchildren at the pond where she taught them about various wildlife, edible plants and all creatures great and small.  She was a fixture at her grandchildren’s sporting events and music concerts, supporting and encouraging them always.

She was predeceased by her brother, Edward B. Wilkins III.

She is survived by her children, Charles Inglesby Simons III (Kim) of Columbia, Margaret Simons Kirkland (Danny) of St. Matthews; four grandchildren, William D. Kirkland (Katelyn Woods), Grace Elizabeth Carroll, Charles Simons and Riley Simons; one great-granddaughter, Carter Lane Kirkland; and sisters Eleanor Wilkins Lunn and Nancy Tyree Wilkins Jacobson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA of Orangeburg or the World Wildlife Fund.

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