Feb. 2, 1927-Jan. 18, 2012
TRACY - A celebration of life for Mary Catherine Donaldson, 84, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tracy United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to support the Prairie Home Hospice of Marshall and research into Alzheimer's disease. May her legacy live on in the way we all lead our lives.
She died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at her home in Tracy.
Mary was born Feb. 2, 1927, to A.W. and Hulda Kangas in Crosby, where she graduated from high school in 1945.
Mary attended Carleton College in Northfield, where she met her husband, Dick, upon his return from service in World War II. Mary and Dick were married in Crosby on June 19, 1948.
Mary enjoyed reading, gardening and crafts, especially sewing and needlecrafts; enjoyed the camaraderie of music clubs, the country club, bridge clubs, supper club, study club, and discussion club; enjoyed activities such as birding, golfing and cross-country skiing; and enjoyed hosting her clubs and friends.
Mary served her church, Tracy United Methodist Church, as well as the Tracy Presbyterian Church, as organist; served her community as librarian for many years at the Tracy Public Library; and served her country as a volunteer in the Peace Corps from 1984 through 1988 in Jamaica and Barbados.
Mary lovingly supported her husband throughout his business and civic life and supported her children by creating opportunities for exploration and creativity. Mary and Dick hosted an American Field Service foreign exchange student, Pyatat Tatsanavivat from Thailand, during the 1967-68 school year and continued to serve as an AFS regional coordinator for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Dick of Tracy; their children and spouses, Mark (and Pat) Donaldson of Knoxville, Tenn., Scott (and Mary) Donaldson of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Laurel Donaldson Ulland of Minneapolis; and their only grandchild, Lindsay Donaldson of Dallas, Texas.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents; and by her sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Robert Bye.
Mary's family wishes to acknowledge and thank all those caregivers who provided Mary support in these last few years, especially Lynda Baskerville, Gladys Hahn, Annika Sahlstrom, Denise Hatch, Janet Randall and Janet Cyr.