Margaret Tedder Rodgers was born on Oct. 20, 1921 in Charleston, S.C. and moved to Beaufort when she was 3 years old. She is the daughter of the late Harvey Z Tedder and Maggie Bigelow Tedder. She passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.\nOur mother was Deputy Clerk of Court for Beaufort County from 1957 to 1977 working alongside her late husband, Thomas Legare Rodgers where the Rodgers Family members held the position of Clerk of Court and Deputy Clerk of Court for 72 years, beginning in 1905. Our parents loved their positions as public servants and the opportunity to serve all the people of Beaufort County.\nOur mother graduated from Beaufort High School in 1938 and was crowned Miss Beaufort in 1939. Throughout the years, everyone fondly remembered her as Miss Beaufort as not a day passed that she didn't wear the crown in honor of a community she greatly cherished. \nOur mother was a member of the Parish Church of St. Helena, where she volunteered in the church office. Over the span of many years, she treasured the fellowship of the congregation, the friendship of the staff and dearly loved each and every clergy member.\nShe was an avid bridge player, a member of many bridge clubs, a member of the La Sertoma Club of Beaufort and president of the Ribaut Garden Club, as she loved gardening. She was always a gracious hostess to anyone who visited her home whether it be a friend in need of a smile or a gathering of a hundred people.\nOur mother also loved to host her bridge clubs because it meant that she could make the ladies her delicate desserts and refreshments, including her homemade lemonade that came from her "baby", a lemon tree that she babied from a seed to a 20 foot healthy productive lemon tree. She loved lemon in her tea and didn't believe in wasting the ice when finished, so she would pour the ice in her plants. One day she noticed that a small plant had sprouted up in her avocado pot. She transplanted it over and over until she had to move it outside and plant in the yard. From that lemon tree, she made lemon pies for many friends in Beaufort, mostly for the staff and volunteers at The Parish Church of St. Helena. In fact, she would always tell us about Rev. Jeff coming by her office and singing "Lemon Tree Oh So Pretty...."\nOur mother also had a passionate love for dance. Wherever there was music, she would elegantly grab someone to dance with her, not even needing a dance floor. From the early years at the pavilions along the coast from Pawleys Island to Burkmeyer Beach to the Big Band Night Clubs in Charleston. She kept that love for dance up into her late nineties. \nWe loved to travel and never thought twice about packing the car on a Friday and driving to St Augustine or Ft Lauderdale for the weekend to visit friends. Those trips were always a special adventure. But what our mother loved most was to pack a picnic, gather up her children and take a bateau to "our" sandbar across the creek. We lived in the rivers and creeks skiing, crabbing or taking the boat to visit friends in town. In those days, it took forever to drive so everyone traveled by boat to each other's homes. Our mother's favorite home was always on the creek in Hundred Pines.\nOur parents lived in Crossville, Tennessee for 10 years after they retired from the office of Clerk of Court. Our mother held various offices at St. Raphael Episcopal Church in Crossville, including Senior Warden of the vestry at a time when the church did not have a priest. She also was a member of the Ladies LakeTansi Golf Club of Crossville where she scored a hole-in-one.\nShe is preceded by her husband, Thomas Legare Rodgers, their son, George Tedder Rodgers, her brothers Raymond C Tedder and Harvey Zach Tedder, Jr. and her sister, Rebecca Tedder Black. She is survived by three daughters, Gay Rodgers (Robert Black, Jr.) of Beaufort, Legare Rodgers Wood (Thomas) of Beaufort and Rebecca Rodgers Chavous (Larry) of Columbia, 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.\nThe funeral will be held at the Parish Church of St. Helena on Friday, December 18th at 11 AM with limited seating followed by a private burial service at The Beaufort National Cemetery. The funeral service will be streamed over the internet at sthelenas1712.org. A post-covid "celebration of life" will be announced.\nIn lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Preservation Trust for Historic St. Helena's, P.O. Box 1043, Beaufort, SC 29901.