Mrs. Dorothy Catherine McDonald passed away September 9, 2007 at Edgewater Retirement Community, Turner Geriatric Center, one day before her 94th birthday.
Dorothy, the youngest of five children, was born in Waco, Texas on September 10, 1913 to Harry Cain, Sr., of Liverpool, England and Catherine Alice Honea of Paris, Texas. She spent her childhood and young adult years in Waco. Upon graduating from WacoHigh School in 1931, she moved to Galveston to live with relatives and to find employment.
In 1934, Dorothy was united in marriage with Lee McDonald, son of Judge D.D. McDonald, a Galveston attorney, and Elva Lemoine McDonald. The couple made their home in Galveston’s east end at 614 10th St. and 926 Winnie, and in time were blessed with three daughters.
Dorothy was a loving mother and devoted wife of 61 years, always giving unstintingly of herself to insure the happiness and well-being of her husband and children. After many years of domestic contentment, at age 45, she chose to return to the work place as a medical records clerk at St. Mary’s Hospital in Galveston where she remained from 1958 to 1973.
Having been baptized in the Methodist faith in 1925, Dorothy was a life-long member of the FirstMethodistChurch, formerly at 19th St. and Ave. I in Galveston, and later, the MoodyMemorialFirstUnitedMethodistChurch located at 53rd St. and Ave. U. She kept with her at all times her family bible with many favorite passages underlined, and for daily inspiration, her copy of “The Upper Room”.
Following the loss of her beloved husband, Lee, Dorothy moved to the Edgewater Retirement Community where she was to become a resident for 7 years. During this time, she made many friends among the residents and staff and participated regularly in the Residents’ Committee and auxilary meetings. Others remember her as frequently offering a helping hand to those less able, and her personal notes of concern and encouragement to those ailing were a source of comfort to many, even though she, herself, then at an advanced age often struggled to remain well and independent even up the end of her life.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughters Dorothy L. Karilanovic and husband Alex, Mary McDonald Ellison, and Kathryn Taubert; granddaughter, Amy Ellison Wohrer and husband Rob; great-grandson Angus, former son-in-law Judson Heartsill; and numerous nieces and nephews in Galveston and throughout the States.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude and appreciation to nurse Linda Moore and all of the staff of the Hospice Care Team in Texas City, to Family Medicine and to the Geriatric Department of U.T.M.B., for the devoted attention and care given to our loved one. Of special note is the thanks we give to the nursing and allied care staff of TurnerGeriatricCenter. They not only gave to our beloved mother the faithful medical attention she required, but nourished our spirits with the gifts of their own.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. at GraceMemorialParkCemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
A memorial tribute to Dorothy Catherine McDonald will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel at Edgewater Retirement Community, with Reverend Charles Bagley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations may address them to MEALS ON WHEELS at Edgewater Retirement Community, 2228 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Texas, 77550, The Hospice Care Team, Inc., 1708 Amburn Rd, Suite C, Texas City, Texas, 77591, to Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, 2803 Avenue U, Galveston, Texas 77551, or to the charity of one’s choice.
“A woman of virtue is as a crown to her husband”. (Prov. 12:4)