Mol­lie Lee Mc­Don­ald

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CAL­ABASAS, CA - Mol­lie Lee Mc­Don­ald, 79, passed away Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, 2019, in her home in Cal­abasas, CA.

Born on Fe­bru­ary 17, 1939, in Peters­burg, VA to John and Pat­tie (Bar­clift) Mc­Don­ald, Mol­lie Grad­u­ated from Peters­burg High School in 1956. She at­tended Sweet Briar Col­lege, grad­u­at­ing in 1960 with an em­pha­sis in math­e­mat­ics. On June 20, 1959, she mar­ried Evans Bras­field in Peters­burg. She re­ceived her Mas­ter’s De­gree in Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia in 1975 and taught at Dou­glas Free­man High School in Hen­rico County, VA. Af­ter her di­vorce in 1975, she moved to Char­lotte, NC where she con­tin­ued her teach­ing at Winthrop Col­lege in Rock Hill, SC. In 1979, she gave up teach­ing for ad­ver­tis­ing and formed McD En­ter­prises, which she ran un­til her re­tire­ment in 2005. In 2007, she moved across the coun­try to Cal­i­for­nia, first set­tling in Bur­bank, then Cal­abasas, where she lived for the rest of her life.

Mol­lie was whip-smart, strong-willed, con­fi­dent, feisty, opin­ion­ated, and stub­born – and her friends loved her for it. A strong, in­de­pen­dent woman ahead of her time, Mol­lie suc­cess­fully reinvented her­self on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, as a grad­u­ate stu­dent, a sin­gle mom, a teacher, and a busi­ness­woman. Among her many pas­sions were writ­ing, photography, her cats, and most of all, gar­den­ing. She spent years trans­form­ing the woods be­hind her Char­lotte house into a wood­land gar­den, cul­mi­nat­ing in ex­cel­lence when her ef­forts were fea­tured in the an­nual Char­lotte Gar­den Club tour.

Mol­lie was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents and her brother, John E. Mc­Don­ald, Jr. She is sur­vived by her sons, Evans Booker Bras­field, Jr. and John Mc­Don­ald Bras­field; her daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth Lee Bras­field; their fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing Karin Rainey Bras­field; and her grand­chil­dren, Anne Bur­ton, Ian Bras­field, Ge­or­gia Bras­field, and Minna Bras­field.

Per Mol­lie’s request, there will be no ser­vices. How­ever, in trib­ute to Mol­lie, we ask that do­na­tions be made in her honor to Wing­haven Gar­dens in Char­lotte, NC, des­ig­nat­ing the funds specif­i­cally to the El­iz­a­beth Lawrence House and Gar­den ( https://wing­haven­gar­dens. org/ elh-overview/ ). This was a gar­den where Mol­lie spent many years with her friend, Mary Lin­de­mann “Lindie” Wil­son, painstak­ingly pre­serv­ing this beau­ti­ful hor­ti­cul­tural Char­lotte land­mark. She would have also ap­pre­ci­ated your do­na­tions to ECAC, the Ex­cep­tional Chil­dren’s As­sis­tance Cen­ter ( https://www.ecac­par­ent­cen­ter.org/ ), an ad­vo­cacy group that Mol­lie worked for tire­lessly. ECAC is ded­i­cated to em­pow­er­ing fam­i­lies and im­prov­ing lives for those fam­i­lies rais­ing chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, as­sur­ing them of re­ceiv­ing the spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion and health­care they need.

Those of us who loved Mol­lie will keep her legacy strong. We are thank­ful to have her writ­ings, her recipes, and life lessons – but most of all, the knowl­edge that it is never too late to rein­vent your­self.

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