Shirley McDonald

Obituary of Shirley McDonald

McDonald, Shirley E., 102, died on 3/6/2020 in Largo, Florida.  Shirley was born on 3/4/1918 to Eli Eddie Dougherty and Lucy Glen McGuire in Plainville Indiana.  She lived most of her adult life in Detroit Michigan. She worked for Briggs Manufacturing during WWII before working for the Wayne County Court System until she retired in 1980.  After retiring she moved to Rochester, NY to be close to her son.  She remained active in her retirement years with painting classes, bowling, volunteering for People to People Ministries and helping with the Trinity United Church of Christ Breakfast program in Wooster Ohio.  She loved to bake, sew, knit and crochet.   She always had a flower garden and her hybrid tea roses were especially beautiful.  She canned fruits and made jams.   Home-made Christmas and Easter chocolate candy were crowd favorites.  She loved having large family dinners and get togethers.  She is predeceased by her ex-husband Joseph Beaman, husband John “Jack” McDonald, brother Clarence Dougherty, sister Marguerite Perkins, step-daughter Audrey Rood, step sons-in-law Donald Ward and Joe Dowd, her son, Richard Wayne (Beaman) McDonald and step grand-daughter Donna Cornatzer.  She leaves behind her step-daughters, Elizabeth Ward of Burlington, NC and Jackie Dowd of Bay City, Michigan.  Her grandchildren Cynthia (John) Uher, Bonnie (Jerry) Warner, Stuart (Marcey) McDonald, Kerri McDonald (Don Goldstein), Scott (Mary) McDonald, step-grandchildren Cathy (Howard) Denny, Patty Mitchell, Raymond Ward, Joe Dowd, Kathy Wiltse, Michelle LeBlanc, Linda McNairn and Juliana Aday.  Many great-grandchildren, including Benjamin Uher, Jake (Emily)Warner and Sam Warner, and great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews in Indiana and Ohio who were near and dear to her heart.

A Life Tribute Funeral Home in Largo, Florida will be handling services and a family grave-side burial in Plainville Indiana is being planned for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to People to People Ministries, 454 E Bowman St., Wooster, Ohio 44691.

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