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Icie Marguerite (Burns) McDonald

1922 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Icie Marguerite (Burns) McDonald Obituary
Marguerite McDonald, 91, passed away on August 25, 2013 surrounded by her loved ones. Marguerite began her life on August 12, 1922 in Pueblo, Colorado and was the eldest daughter of Walter and Mary Burns. She graduated from Centennial High School in Pueblo in 1940. Marguerite enrolled in Pueblo Junior College the following year, where she met Bill McDonald. They were married on August 11, 1942. In October of 1942, their life was upset by Bill's enlistment in the United States Navy, where he went to boot camp at Camp Farragut, Idaho. Marguerite followed Bill to Idaho, where she found a job sorting peas at a local pea market in Moscow, Idaho. Later, when Bill, was sent to Camp Elliott near San Diego, Marguerite found a job working for Consolidated Air Manufacturing Company. This company was primarily building B-24 bombers for the war effort. She worked as a secretary, and processed each of the planes as they came off the assembly line.
Marguerite left San Diego for Pueblo, Colorado where she prepared for her first child, Carol Sue. She was extremely happy when VJ day occurred and knowing Bill would be coming home. She met Bill at the Union Depot in Pueblo Colorado in November of 1945. He later surprised his young wife with the news that he had joined the State Patrol. He surprised her even more when he announced that they would be moving to Akron, Colorado. They both had to find a map to figure out where this little town was located. Marguerite, who had been a city girl all her life, had to figure out how to live in a small town.
Marguerite and Bill built their home at 702 Fremont in 1953 and raised 9 children there. This home contained great memories for the family. The house saw plenty of love and laughter. Marguerite was the ultimate Prankster; we never knew what to expect especially on April Fool's Day. She would switch mashed potatoes for mashed turnips. Her peanut butter cookies were laced with garlic. There were plenty of other pranks, too many to name. She loved all holidays and created traditions that have been passed on to her Children and Grandchildren.
Marguerite was very talented as a pianist and organist and volunteered her skills to St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was the primary organist for many decades. She also worked at producing the church bulletin, and was involved with many activities and clubs associated with the church. Her main recreational love was playing Bridge with the Bridgette's or any Bridge club that needed a player. The outdoors was where she found her peace. She loved the mountains and taking long hikes, she was an avid gardener, and loved planting flowers and pumpkins. She enjoyed cooking and sewing and was excellent at both.
For many years she worked at the Washington County Hospital as a nursing aide. Eventually she became a secretary/nurse for Dr. Park Keller. When Dr. Keller retired, she worked for Dr. Tedrick. From 1986 until 1999 Marguerite and Bill spent the summers in Estes Park.
Marguerite was a very strong woman who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She had a great faith in Jesus, and was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Akron.
She is preceded in death by her husband of sixty-five years, W.L. "Bill" McDonald; her youngest son Thomas James McDonald; parents Walter and Mary Burns; sister Mary Ellen Barnhill.
Marguerite is survived by 8 children – Susan Carol McDonald of St. Louis, MO; Mike McDonald and wife Louise of Northglenn, CO; Pat McDonald and wife Betty of La Veta, CO; Gary McDonald and wife Terri of Greeley, CO; Mark McDonald and wife Ronda of Grand Junction, CO; Brett McDonald and wife Debbie of Grand Junction, CO; Anne McDonald of Thornton, CO; Beth McDonald of Thornton, CO. and sister Charlotte Baysinger of Pueblo, CO. She is also survived by 14 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Vigil Service will be held on August 29th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 30th at 10:00 a.m. followed by graveside services at St. Joseph Cemetery in Akron. Bowin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Akron News-Reporter on Aug. 28, 2013
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