Margaret Lee Harden McLeod, 99, died July 27, 2021 at the Village at Summerville in South Carolina. She was born in Winnsboro, SC on December 1, 1921 to Kathleen Caldwell and John M. Harden Jr. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Queens University. While at Queens she met Cliff McLeod, a Presbyterian minister. They married in September 1942, and lived in Mooresville, NC and Sumter, SC. In 1998 Margaret moved to Summerville.
She had a beautiful voice and often sang hymns as she worked around the house. Family and church were central in her life. Her family brought her great joy. Margaret was an active suppporter of Cliff's ministry; she especially enjoyed children's ministry. She also enjoyed gardening and participating in community organizations. One of her great pleasures after moving to Summerville was going to the Charleston Symphony. She was gracious and kind to everyone she met.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her brothers John Harden III and Joe Harden. She is survived by her children: Kathleen Gelzer of Summerville, SC; Virginia (Stephen) Bales of Midland, MI; and Cliff (Lisa) McLeod Jr of Lakeland, Fl. Also by her grandchildren: Margaret (Harry) Gelzer Culclasure, Randell (Maureen) Gelzer Jr, Aaron Bales, Jason (Maureen) Bales, Cliff (Sarah) McLeod III, Robert (Sally) McLeod, and Katherine (Tyler) McLeod Bambrick. She was amazed and delighted to know thirteen great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Village at Summerville for all their kindness and care over the years. Special thanks to the staff of Intrepid Hospice and, especially, Palmetto Unit at the Village for their skillful and loving care.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, August 13 at Sion Presbyterian Church, 116 W. Washington Street, Winnsboro, SC. Burial in the church cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina, 2817 Ashland Road, Columbia SC 29210; Sion Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro, SC; or First Presbyterian Church in Sumter, SC.
Arrangements are under the care of Pope Funeral Home, Winnsboro.
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Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina
2817 Ashland Road, Columbia SC 29210
Sion Presbyterian Church
116 W. Washington Street, Winnsboro SC 29180
Sumter First Presbyterian Church
9 W. Calhoun Street, Sumter SC 29150