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Mary Margaret (Maggie) McDonald

Passed away February 15, 2014 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family and by the love of so many people throughout Maggie's World.


Maggie is survived by her parents, Steven and Sally McDonald and her big brothers Edward and Timothy. Her extended family includes her grandmother Carmel Coghlan and her grandfather Edward McDonald and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


Maggie was a remarkable young woman in every sense of the word. She lived in the moment and entertained everyone with her smile and laugh and her ability to tell the same jokes over and over and over again. No one laughed harder at those jokes than Maggie. 


Maggie was lucky enough to have a wide circle of friends and supporters. People knew her and  went out of their way to say hello to her. She made everyone's day better every day.  Though Maggie didn't quite make it to her 20th birthday, she touched more people than those who live five times longer.


The celebrations of Maggie's extraordinary life include a Vigil Service Thursday February 20 at 7:00 PM at McAvoy and O'Hara at 10th Avenue and Geary Blvd in San Francisco and a Memorial Mass on Friday February 21 at 10:00 AM St. Mary's Cathedral, Geary and Gough Streets, San Francisco. (wheelchair access from the parking lot)


Please consider wearing some bright colors to reflect Maggie's joie de vivre.


In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Family Advisory Council at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital so that they can continue to support other families the way they supported us. Maggie received amazing love and care there throughout her life, particularly during this last week when it drew to a close. Checks should be made to UCSF Child Life with FAC or Maggie McDonald in the memo line and mailed to 505 Parnassus Ave., M181, Box 0210 San Francisco, CA 94143 or if you prefer to make it online use the form at the following address. Check the box that say "other" and type in BCH-Family Advisory Counsel.https://makeagift.ucsf.edu/site/SPageServer?pagename=A1_API_GeneralGivingForm&Primary=Benioff%20Children%27s%20Hospital



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 20, 2014
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