Mary McDonald devoted life to family, nursing and community

Saturday, April 21, 2012 | 4:25 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Mary Jeanne McDonald was a mother, nurse and an active community member, and she loved to sing in her church choir. 

Mary Jeanne McDonald of Ashland died Thursday, April 19, 2012. She was 80. 

She was born March 22, 1932 in Amoret to B.W. and Mary Irvine Shepard. 

She graduated from Maysville High School in 1949. She attended University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and graduated with a degree in nursing from Washington University in 1954. 

During her career as a nurse, she worked for Boone Hospital Center, University Hospital and the Department of Health. 

Ms. McDonald was a member of The Ashland Garden Club since 1978 and a member of the PEO Chapter JB in Jefferson City. She was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Hartsburg and loved singing in the choir. 

She is survived by four children, David McDonald and wife, Katie, of Sarasota, Fla., Steven McDonald and wife, Debbie, of Jefferson City, Michael McDonald and wife, Sandy, of Jefferson City and Shari Bullard and husband, Jim, of Hartsburg; ten grandchildren, Stephen, Jason, Lauren, Brice, Scott, Logan, Libby, Ross, Lezlie and Jacob; and three great-grandchildren, Gage, Joseph and Maxwell. 

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Peace United Church of Christ, 121 N. 1st St., in Hartsburg. The funeral service will follow.

Memorial contributions can be made to Peace United Church of Christ, 121 N. 1st St., Hartsburg, MO 65039.

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