Mary Mar­garet MacDon­ald

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Mary, the el­dest child of Ae­neas MacDon­ald and Mar­garet MacLel­lan, was born at Launch­ing on Novem­ber 8, 1918, in the homestead built by her grand­fa­ther, John MacDon­ald. Three days later the peace treaty was signed and she al­ways jok­ingly claimed that she brought peace to the world in only 3 days - and un­til her death ex­pressed a de­sire for peace and an end to world tur­moil. Her early education was com­pleted at the lo­cal school and at the ten­der age of 13 she passed the Grade 10 en­trance ex­ams for ad­mit­tance into Prince of Wales Col­lege. ‘Too young for col­lege’ was her par­ent’s be­lief, so twice more she wrote only to lead Kings County and be re­warded with a schol­ar­ship. Af­ter ob­tain­ing her first class teacher’s li­cense she be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in Launch­ing be­fore mov­ing to other schools in Ge­orge­town and later Morell from where she re­tired in 1979. Dur­ing her time in Ge­orge­town she met her fu­ture hus­band, Em­mett MacDon­ald, at a card game and they were mar­ried on March 29, 1943. Dur­ing their mar­ried years they resided in Launch­ing, Borden, Hazel­brook, Morell and Char­lot­te­town while rais­ing their five chil­dren, Ken, Mau­reen, Betty, Vir­ginia and Rose­mary. Ded­i­cated to rais­ing her fam­ily, she re­mained at home un­til the youngest was in Grade 3 be­fore re­turn­ing to the class­room. In the en­su­ing years mom ad­vanced her education with sum­mer schools and many cour­ses achiev­ing cer­tifi­cate five. As well, over the years she de­voted much of her time to her mother and her two brothers, John and Fr. Char­lie. She en­joyed vis­its with her chil­dren and as time went on took great de­light in her grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. She fol­lowed our lives closely, sup­ported us all, car­ried us in prayer and re­joiced in our ac­com­plish­ments. Mom was a com­mit­ted mem­ber to her church and com­mu­nity. She held po­si­tions in the Catholic Women’s League, Women’s In­sti­tute, 4-H as well as teach­ing re­li­gion classes. One of her spe­cial tal­ents was writ­ing po­etry. She was of­ten called upon to write a poem for a com­mu­nity event or fam­ily func­tion. On a per­sonal level she wrote many religious po­ems that were re­flec­tive of her strong faith. Mom kept her mind sharp by watch­ing Jeop­ardy on a reg­u­lar ba­sis; she was also an avid cross­word shark who could com­plete most puz­zles in record time. Kind, pa­tient, ap­pre­cia­tive, car­ing, com­pas­sion­ate and unas­sum­ing are some words that could best de­scribe the char­ac­ter­is­tics of our Mother. Deeply de­voted to her Catholic faith, key com­po­nents of her life in­cluded the Eucharist, rosary and daily prayer. It was not un­com­mon for her chil­dren to find her sit­ting in the dark pray­ing when they came home at night. Dur­ing her lat­ter years the rosary was sel­dom out of her hands; it pro­vided her with a great source of com­fort. Mom was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band Em­mett in 1987 and daugh­ter Mau­reen in 2002; af­ter both deaths Mom’s dis­play of for­ti­tude re­minded us all of her in­ner strength. As her health de­te­ri­o­rated Mom made the de­ci­sion that she re­quired more care so she moved for a short time to Geneva Villa. She spent her last four years with the Sis­ters of St. Martha and the Mount Con­tin­u­ing Care Fa­cil­ity. Mary died peace­fully on Sun­day, Jan­uary 11th, 2015, with her fam­ily by her side. We are deeply grate­ful for her life, all the won­der­ful lessons she taught us and her legacy of love. “In each hu­man heart is that one spe­cial cor­ner

which only a Mother can fill.”

Love you for­ever Mom, you are al­ways in our hearts. Ken, Gene (Roger­son), Betty, Vir­ginia,

Sis­ter Rose­mary and fam­i­lies

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