Sunny Nivens McDonald

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Sunny Nivens McDonald of Clarkesville, beloved wife of Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, entered into rest on Feb. 27, 2010. Sunny and Bubba were longtime residents of Commerce. Born in Gainesville, she was the daughter of the late Noama Nivens Pugh and Paul Nivens.
Sunny graduated from Gainesville High School, where she was a Red Elephant cheerleader and majorette. She received a BA in Elementary Education from Brenau College. While at Brenau, she was on the May Court and was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. Sunny was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educational sorority.
A much-loved elementary school teacher, Sunny taught for two years in the Buford City School System and for 28 years in the Commerce City School System. She was a scout leader and worked with the Commerce Downtown Development Authority. Sunny was the "hostess with the mostess" - entertaining for years in her home - brides-to-be, mothers-to-be, governors, representatives and senators (both state and local). Industrial prospects for Jackson County were always welcomed and entertained in her home.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville, and The Orchard Golf and Country Club. But she was especially a loving wife, mother and grandmother. "I love you, Mom" was always Lauren's parting message to Sunny.
In addition to her husband of 45 years, Bubba, Sunny is survived by her son, Lauren Wylie (Claire) McDonald III; grandsons, Wylie and Ridley; granddaughter, Hailey; stepfather, William Pugh; sisters, Paula Nivens (Buzzie) Hardy of Commerce, Candy Nivens (Herschel) O'Kelley of Rockmont; brother, Ronald Paul Nivens of Atlanta; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, at the Cumming First United Methodist Church. The Gainesville Girls will serve as pallbearers. Private interment will be at a later date. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 3, from 4-7 p.m. at her home in The Orchard in Clarkesville, and on Thursday, March 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Sunny's memory to Commerce Presbyterian Church, Mortgage Reduction, P.O. Box 177, Commerce, GA 30529, First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville, Building Fund, 181 Jefferson Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523; or Cumming First United Methodist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 606, Cumming, GA 30028.
Condolences may be expressed online at
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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