Celia Nan (Creal) McDonald

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Celia Nan Creal McDonald was born July 12, 1938, in Louisville, Kentucky, and passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.
She was a graduate of Hodgenville High School, where she was salutatorian, editor of the annual and the school paper, and a choir soloist. She received a B.A. from Centre College in both Music and English, with awards in both at graduation. There she was a member of the Tudor Singers, Centre Choir, Obiter Scripta and Spanish Club, and was Sweetheart of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dalph Edward Creal and Nancy Jones Cole Creal, and her stepmother, Elsie Atherton Smith Creal, as well as her grandparents, Congressman Edward Wester Creal and Alice Crady Creal, and David Elber and Georgia Ermine Cole.
Survivors include her husband, Robert I. McDonald, Jr.; children, Robert I. McDonald III (Sharon) of Columbus, Ohio, Jennifer Nan McDonald of Pippa Passes, Kentucky, and Heather Sue McDonald of Hodgenville; two grandchildren, Gwendolyn May McDonald and Robert I. McDonald IV, both of Columbus; and a host of friends and loving canine companions Buddy, Pumpkin, Boots and Jesse.
She was the third member of her immediate family to be editor and publisher of The LaRue County Herald News and always considered journalism the major work of her life. She also was a special project manager for the Danville Advocate Messenger and editor and publisher of the Harlan Daily Enterprise. She enjoyed working at Harlan and Hodgenville with her husband, Bob. The two collaborated on many jobs and creative projects together over the years.
She served as president of the Kentucky Press Association and on its board and remained a member of the Kentucky Journalism Foundation. She was named Most Valuable Member of KPA and for many years produced audio-visual shows for the awards competitions sponsored by that organization. She was president of the Louisville chapters of Women in Communications, Inc., and the International Association of Business Communicators. She played a leadership role in several environmental organizations in Louisville and of organizations dedicated to the advancement of women.
She was very proud to have served on the Kentucky Humanities Council, from whom she had earlier received the Project of the Year Award for her book and audio-visual presentation on Hodgenville poet, Hal Z. Cox. She was named Gannett Fellow in Community Journalism at Colorado State University and spent several weeks there working with students.
She also served as president of the LaRue County Arts Council and the LaRue County Democratic Women's Club, on the Boundary Oak Committee for Lincoln's Birthplace, and in other civic organizations in Hodgenville, Harlan and Louisville. She was a past president of the Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Louisville and a founding member of Wee Scots collector's club, now Cincinnati Scottie Friends.
With her husband, she was a long-time member of the Motet Singers of Louisville and was close to many friends who shared that experience, as did her three children. She also was a member of the Louisville Orchestra's Masterworks Chorale.
Her employment also included The Courier-Journal, Kentucky Central Life Insurance, the Kentucky Commission on Women, Manager of the Hodgenville Main Street/Renaissance and of the LaRue County Arts Council, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, communications director for the Lt. Governor of Kentucky, the Jefferson County Air Pollution Control Board and the Kentucky Lung Association.
She grew up in First Baptist Church in Hodgenville, but spent most of her life as a Presbyterian, most recently in First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown. Those who knew her know the things she cared most about included dogs and animal welfare; music; books; writing poems; stories; features and other materials; the arts, and her family.
The funeral is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown with Rev. Skip Dunford officiating.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville, and after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church until time for services.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Louisville, Scottie Rescue or Best Friends Animal Society, or to the Kentucky Humanities Council, Centre College or the LaRue County Public Library.
Condolences may also be expressed online at www.bennett-bertram.com.
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Published in The Larue County Herald News on Oct. 13, 2014