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Catherine McDONALD

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McDONALD, Catherine Catherine Mackey McDonald, age 98, died January 18, 2013. A longtime resident of Rome, GA, she had lived in Greensboro, NC, since November, 2011. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Rome. Visitation is at 1 p.m. at the church. Catherine lived a life of service. She graduated from Berry College in 1936 with a B.S. Degree and a Master's Degree from the University of Georgia in 1955 in Home Economics. She taught home economics at Berry High School, Monticello High School, Moultrie High School and Berry College. She was Department Chairman from 1970-81 at Berry College. She ended her teaching career as Director of the Pre-School Center on the Berry College Campus. She was an officer in the Georgia Home Economics Association, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Daughters of Berry and the Rome-Floyd Retired Educators Association. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Moultrie and later member and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Rome. In Rome, she taught Sunday School, served on the Bereavement Committee, Senior Adult Committee and Early Education Committee. She and her husband Milton worked to found a daily preschool program at the First Baptist Church. A longtime desire to serve as a missionary was fulfilled when Catherine and her husband Milton volunteered and served in mission work in Liberia, Africa in 1985-86. She received a Distinguished Church Woman Award from First Baptist Church of Rome. Other awards from her professional life included: Who's Who in American Woman, Georgia Home economics Association Silver Service Award and Woman of the Year at Berry College. A native of Rentz, GA, in Laurens Co., she was the daughter of Sam and Annie Mae Pharis Mackey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Milton S. McDonald, her parents, and her three brothers. She is survived by two sons, Charles McDonald, Gainesville, GA, and Mackey McDonald, Greensboro, NC, and a daughter, Shirley Bailey, Greensboro; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1189, Rome, GA 30162-1189 or the Berry College Alumni Association, P. O. Box 490069, Mount Berry, GA 30149.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 25, 2013
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