Earleen McDonald

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Earleen McDonald Obituary
Earleen McDonald Earleen McDonald, age 83, passed away on October 7, 2012. She is preceded in death by her husband Harry Wylie McDonald. Earleen is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grand children: Teresa Adams and husband Brian, sons John Castro, brother Brian and wife Cyndi and their two children Garrett and Cole; Wyleen Dounies and husband Greg, her daughter Amber Edwards and husband Jeff; Gail Mattern and son Ely. In her childhood years, Earleen loved spending time with her grandmother who sparked her lifelong interest in the art of needlework and sewing. Earleen showed her devotion to family and friends by using her self-taught talents in expert dressmaking, tailoring, exquisite cross-stitch, needle point, beading, embroidery plus various stuffed characters such as clown making. On numerous days and wee hour nights, one would find her meticulously slaving away designing costumes, school clothes, ballroom and prom wear, wedding apparel and accessories. She careered at specialty and high end dress and apparel retailers, most notably, the French Shop. Most of what she fashioned she gave freely of heart to those she knew and loved and decked her gifts with spectacular bows tied just oh so precisely. Her greeting and special occasion cards were carefully chosen and many times words were added, crossed out or highlighted in order that she would get across her exact intent. In addition to working, she made sure her girls had an attentive mother that was active in church and school, such as room mother, PTA, activities including Scouts for girls, dance arts such as tap, ballet, jazz and ballroom. Earleen loved football! She would channel surf, recite game rules and quote team statistics, especially her favorite, the Dallas Cowboys. She traveled near and far to watch her grandson, Brian, play in his West High School and Bakersfield College and UNLV football games. The pride she had in her family is abundantly clear, especially her great grandchildren, Garrett and Cole. Her joy for them was always marked by smiles, hugs and kisses. Earleen had a kind and gentle soul, animals flocked to her, people often remarked, "kind and special lady." Her unconditional love and support for everyone, no matter their pursuit, marked this unique, beautiful and well-tailored woman. Rarely did she think of herself, evident in her parting remarks made to her daughter in the last hours of her life, "honey, did you get enough sleep last night?" A woman of few words, but of great unselfish deeds, will be sorely missed and thought of often. A legacy bettering oneself is left for all that knew her. A special love, thanks and debt of gratitude to Dr. T. Anthony Don Michael for extraordinary medical attention that extended Earleen's life beyond what many thought to be possible. An outside garden and brunch memorial is planned for family and friends at the home where Earleen spent the last year of her life on Sunday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the home of Wyleen and Greg Dounies, 10302 Iroquois Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93312, (661) 587-9174. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 21, 2012
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