First Lady of South Carolina
First Lady Peggy McMaster grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her parents, Thomas Wales McAbee of Roebuck and Mary Rogers McAbee (nee Anderson) of Laurens, encouraged her, her brother, and her two sisters to grow their hearts through service to their church and community.
After graduating from Spartanburg High School, the First Lady attended Spartanburg Junior College for two years. She was employed by United Airlines as a flight attendant when she met Governor McMaster while he was serving as a legislative assistant for the late Senator Strom Thurmond in Washington, D.C. They were married in her home church, First Baptist Spartanburg. The Governor and First Lady began their life together in Columbia, S.C., where she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in business administration and fashion. After graduation, she fulfilled her dream of being a small business owner; opening and operating The Parasol boutique for 17 years.
The First Lady has served as president for the Women of the Church of First Presbyterian, Columbia, S.C., and is active in all aspects of church life including Bible study and Women’s Circle. She has served on the boards of Laurel Crest Retirement Community and Sistercare, Inc., and is a member of the Columbia Garden Club.
The Governor and First Lady have been married for 38 years. They have two children, Henry Dargan McMaster, Jr. and Mary Rogers McMaster. They are often seen around South Carolina with their beloved English Bulldog, Boots.