Margaret Magers “Peg” Rider of Sharptown, Md., died on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at her beloved home on the family farm.
She was born in Hynson, Md. on May 14, 1918, the daughter of the late William Clarence and Bertha Andrews Magers of Hurlock, Md.
Her husband, Homer J. Rider died on Feb. 24, 1994. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Edna Louise Magers, Lorraine Magers Wheatley Rhodes and Martha Magers Warren Satterfield.
Peg joined and attended the Methodist church in Hurlock, where she taught Sunday school. She attended the First Baptist Church in Hurlock in her young adult years.
She and her husband farmed the Margaret M. Rider Farm for over 60 years. The farm is a “Century Farm,” having been farmed for over 110 years by the same family, as designated by the State of Maryland.
Peg was a graduate of Hurlock High School, class of 1935. She was a member of the Double Mills Homemakers Club, acting as secretary for many years, and a member of the Eastern Shore Region Antique Auto Club and the National AACA for many years. She was also a charter member of the Westside Historical Society and helped with the restoration of the Barren Creek Presbyterian Church in Mardela Springs, a member of the Town and Country Garden Club of Salisbury for over 40 years and a member of the American Rose Society.
Peg was an avid collector of vintage clothing ranging from 1865 to the present. She modeled these clothes for local churches, and for Garden Club activities. She did fashion shows in the Hershey Hotel in Hershey, Pa., and Philadelphia, Pa., Hurlock, Sharptown, Laurel, Seaford at the Ross Mansion, Salisbury at Poplar Hill Mansion or wherever she was asked to. All clothing was worn and modeled by Peg herself.
Peg and Homer had no children of their own but all children were always welcome to come and stay as long as they wished. Even after they had grown they still returned to visit, which pleased Peg tremendously.
She is survived by Herman J. Fletcher, a lifetime friend of Peg and Homer who operated the farm for many years, living with Peg and Homer for over 70 years. She is also survived by nieces, Maggie Ellis and Joan Wright; nieces and nephews on Herman’s side; and a host of friends.
Services were held on Saturday, June 8 at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. The Revs. Al Taylor and David Bennett officiated. Interment was at Firemen’s Cemetery in Sharptown.
Contributions may be made in her memory to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or the Westside Historical Society, PO Box 194, Mardela Springs, MD 21837.
Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.