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Myrta Macdonald


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Myrta Macdonald Obituary
Myrta Robertson Macdonald, 86, of Southern Pines, N.C. formerly of Sewickley, died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Pinehurst, N.C., following a short illness. Mrs. Macdonald was born Aug. 18, 1931, in Sewickley, to Harold Foster Robertson and Mary Gardner Robertson. She first lived in Coraopolis Heights and then moved with her family to Scarsdale, N.Y. She was graduated from Scarsdale High School and then received her A.B. in theoretical mathematics from Smith College. She was employed as an actuary for New York Life Insurance in New York City before marrying Somerled Macdonald of Pittsburgh. She returned to Sewickley and was active in the Child Health Association, the Junior League, the Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association and the Carnegie Museum Department of Botany. In 1963, she joined the founding administrative staff of the Sewickley Academy Senior School in Edgeworth and retired as the registrar after 28 years of employment. She was an avid outdoorswoman, camping and biking with her husband, and as the faculty advisor to the Academy's outdoors club. In 1992, she and her husband moved to Whispering Pines, N.C., where they resided until they moved to Penick Village in Southern Pines, N.C. Mrs. Macdonald served on the vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines and was actively involved as a volunteer. She was a longtime member of the Daughters of the King and supported the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders and Trinity School for Ministry. Later in life, she was an active lay minister at the Chapel of the Transfiguration at Penick Village and served as the Chapel liaison. She also volunteered at their Village Shoppe and was given the first Bill Starke Volunteer of the Year Award. Mrs. Macdonald was preceded in death by her husband, Somerled; and is survived by her three sons, Dr. Allan R. Macdonald (Echo), of Darlington, S.C., the Rev. Canon Dr. John A. Macdonald (Gail), of Sewickley,, and Mr. David F. Macdonald (Debra), of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; along with eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sister, Ellen Matthews (Bill), also of Penick Village.
A memorial service and celebration of her faith and life will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2018, at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, Penick Village, Southern Pines, with the Revs. Sarah Reith and Mary Curtis officiating. BOLES FUNERAL HOME is serving the family.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Trinity School for Ministry, 311 11th St., Ambridge, PA 15003, or the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS-USA), P.O. Box 399, Ambridge, PA 15003. Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Published in Sewickley Herald on July 12, 2018
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