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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • The Summerville Journal Scene

Living a legacy of service A.M. Sheehan The Journal Scene


n multiple boards, active in numerous organizations, volunteering weekly to read at two elementary schools, working out at the Y every morning and traveling to St. George and back for work, Margaret Bailey, 51, of Summerville is a very busy woman. Every day, except for Wednesday, she hops on the Tri-County Link bus to go to work in St. George as the Dorchester County Registrar of Deeds, an elected position she has held for three terms. Growing up in Summerville, she is simply following some very old and traditional footsteps. “My family has served the community ever since we got here in the 1600s.” She is a descendent of the Waring family, one of the first families to settle in the Village of Dorchester. Her great grandfather was the Chief Constable of Summerville. Her grandparents were with the WPA - Work Project Administra-

“Literacy is the foundation of everything…you can’t do much, you can’t succeed, if you can’t read.” tion - during WWII. The Bailey side, she says, were one of the driving forces behind Azaela Park. Her dad was on Town Council and was the town engineer. “I grew up in service,” she says. “My dad’s thing was ‘if you take from the community (education, trash pick-up, parks, whatever…) you need to give back with whatever time or talent you have.’” She is a living example of that mantra. She serves on the Kiwanis board; the Salvation Army Advisory Board for Dorchester County; is a former board member of the Francis R. Willis SPCA and a current member of the Endowment See BAILEY, Page 14

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Margaret Bailey

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