Margaret Stewart Rogers, who worked in journalism and real estate and was a horsewoman, died Sunday after a four-year struggle with cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 49.
The former Margaret Stewart Phelps was a lifelong Maryland resident who, until moving to Baltimore to pursue a career, lived at "Serendipity," the family farm in Glen Arm.
Known as "Maggie" to her friends, she was the great-granddaughter of Judge Charles Edward Phelps of the Baltimore City Supreme Bench, now the Circuit Court.
She graduated from Bryn Mawr School in 1963 and attended St. Mary's College. She was presented at the Bachelors Cotillon in 1963.
As a cub reporter at the News American, she was sent to cover a court case that was postponed. The city editor suggested that she pick up another court story and she wandered into the courtroom of Judge Henry L. Rogers, who engaged her in conversation and invited her to lunch. They were married in 1969.
She continued working at the News American until 1972. Her husband died in 1992.
She was associated on a full-and part-time basis with the real estate companies of O'Conor, Piper and Flynn and Prudential Preferred Properties until her illness forced her to quit working.
When her cancer first was diagnosed, she found renewed energy and spirit in the outdoors and returned to show riding, which she had pursued as a girl. She acquired a retired and not-quite-winning thoroughbred named Dr. Wimmer and the horse won some ribbons at area horse shows.
She told friends that Wimmer was good medicine for her. It was only after they became a team that she discovered he had been named for a prominent oncologist.
She is survived by her daughter, Martha Woodward Phelps Rogers of Baltimore; and by Jonathan D. Rogers of Baltimore and Estelle Rogers of Washington, D.C., the children of her late husband.
Services were private. The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the home of Jonathan D. Rogers, 7703 Crossland Road, Pikesville.
Memorial donations may be made to the Keelty Oncology Unit at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.