Donna Catherine McCormick (1938 - 2014)

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Donna Catherine McCormick passed away peacefully in her sleep following a long illness on January 6, 2014 at her home in Douglas. Donna was born on September 21, 1938 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was 75 years young.
Donna graduated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School in Vancouver, where she played basketball and modeled for the Hudson's Bay Company. She was always poised and always wore a smile. She later attended St. Paul's Hospital Nursing School in Vancouver and became a registered nurse (RN) in 1960. Soon thereafter she traveled to Juneau, Alaska where she met her husband, Jim. They met at the old Mike's Place in Douglas, and married in 1962.
Donna worked at the old St. Ann's Hospital, and also worked at the former family medical clinic on Glacier Avenue. She worked with Dr. Rude and Dr. Joseph Riederer. She continued her education at UAS where she earned her undergraduate degree in teaching and master's degree in Public Administration. She worked for a brief time with the State of Alaska in the Department of Community and Regional Affairs.
Donna love gardening and became a Master Gardner and a member of the Primrose Society. She loved driving around town admiring gardens. She is a past member of Beta Sigma Phi, the American Cancer Society, and of the March of Dimes. She served on the Douglas 4th of July Committee for 25 years, where she was a strong supporter in getting the Treadwell Ice Arena built. For Donna, the Douglas 4th of July parade was always about the kids and for 25 years she could be seen in front of Gastineau School orchestrating the parade.
Donna was an avid reader and cross-word puzzle solver. She loved to spend time sewing, stitching, crotchet, doing needle point, visiting with her grand kids which she enjoyed the most, and drafting housing floor plans – of which she has thousands. Donna shared dual citizenship for most of her life and became a full pledged US citizen in 1993. She will be remembered for her patience, her kind words, her wit, and her smile. In her later years, she thoroughly enjoyed spending winters in Palm Desert. This was the highlight of her year.
Donna is preceded in Death by her mother, Mary Kathleen Morrissey, her father Louis James Groom, her brother William Groom, and husband James S McCormick (Jim). She is survived by her children Molly McCormick (Arnold), Glen McCormick (Julie), and Andrew McCormick. Grandchildren Leah, Ryan and Greyson Liebelt of Douglas, Nicole and Megan McCormick of Anchorage. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews in Vancouver and Juneau, along with many friends. The family sincerely appreciates Dr. Nate Haddock and the care he provided during Donna's final years.
In accordance with her wishes, her ashes, and Jim's, will be placed at the Shrine of St. Therese Columbarium for their final resting place. Some of Donna's and Jim's ashes, in accordance with their wishes, will be placed on a mountain looking down upon Douglas.
All friends and family are welcome to join us in celebrating her life at the Douglas Island Pub on Sunday, January 26, from 2:00-4:00. Family can be reached at PO Box 240312, Douglas, AK 99824
Published in The Juneau Empire on Jan. 16, 2014
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