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Margaret Sauter Gray

February 24, 1937 — January 12, 2024

Margaret Sauter Gray, affectionately known as Marge, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2024, at the age of 86 in Greenville, South Carolina. Born on February 24, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Alfred and Marie (Stumpf) Sauter, Marge's life was marked by an unwavering spirit of love and intelligence that touched all who knew her.

Marge grew up in a loving home alongside her siblings. She was predeceased by her brother, Alfred A. Sauter, and is survived by her sister, Charlotte (Sauter) Walker. Marge's journey in life was shared with her beloved husband, the late Preston Hughes Gray, with whom she built a beautiful family. She leaves behind her adoring children, Donna L. Gray, John P. Gray and his wife Karen and Susan G. Eades. Her legacy continues through her cherished grandchildren, Jordan Gray and his wife Amy, Jonathan Gray and his wife Missouri, Katie Gray, Megan McGill and her husband Ben, Austin Eades and Anna Eades, as well as her great-grandchildren, Conor and Caleb Gray.

A lifelong learner, Marge returned to academia and achieved a remarkable milestone when she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of South Carolina at age 67. Her commitment to education was a testament to her belief in the power of knowledge and the importance of personal growth at any stage of life.

In her professional career, Marge dedicated herself as an administrative assistant at Columbia College and Shakespeare Fishing in Columbia, SC. Her work ethic and dedication to her roles were evident in the quality of her work and the lasting relationships she built with colleagues and associates.

Marge's interests reflected her zest for life and her nurturing soul. She had a green thumb and found joy in growing things, always ensuring that her garden was a place of beauty and tranquility. Her infectious smile was a constant, lighting up every room she entered and warming the hearts of those around her. Marge relished her time living on Lake Murray, where she enjoyed the serenity of the water and the company of long-time friends and neighbors.

A special mention must be made of Marge's dear friend, Walter L. Burnett, who brought additional joy and companionship to her later years. Together, they shared many happy moments and created lasting memories.

Marge's life was a portrait of love and intelligence, qualities that were evident in her interactions with others and her approach to life's challenges. Her love was unconditional, her support unwavering, and her wisdom a guiding light for her family. She was the matriarch who provided strength and guidance, always there to listen and offer advice with a gentle hand.

To say that Marge was precious is an understatement. She was a treasure to her family, a cherished friend to many, and a respected member of her community. The impact of her love and the legacy of her intelligence will continue to resonate with all who had the privilege of knowing her.

As we bid farewell to Marge, we celebrate a life well-lived, full of love, laughter, and the pursuit of knowledge. She was a beacon of light in the lives of her family and friends, and though she will be deeply missed, her spirit will live on in the hearts of those she touched. Marge's journey through life was a beautiful testament to the power of love, the importance of family, and the enduring strength of the human spirit. Her memory will forever be cherished and honored by all who loved her.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Chapin, SC, where Marge was a beloved member.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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