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McDONALD, Mona McGill
April 6, 1934 - January 30, 2013
Born on the family farm in Wigtownshire, Scotland, Mona passed away peacefully in Sechelt, BC. She left the farm at age 11 for boarding school at Seymour Lodge in Crieff, where she became the top student. After graduating from St. Andrew's in 1955 with an MA in Economics and Geography, Mona spent time in London working for Unilever. She then set sail for Canada on her own in 1959. On arriving at her cousin's house in Westmount, Quebec, she was advised to rest up for a day and then go out and find a job. She promptly did so, but soon set off across North America with her friend Marion in an MGB to spend the summer working at the Banff Springs Hotel. Mona's world travels were put on hold by meeting her future husband David in Ottawa. After completing her MSW at McGill, Mona married David in Scotland in 1965. They settled in Vancouver, where they raised two daughters, Anne and Lynn. Mona drew pleasure and purpose from volunteering her time at Maple Grove Elementary, Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, the Girl Guides, Family Services, the American Scandinavian Student Exchange Programme, Hospice in Delta and on the Sunshine Coast amongst others. Her gentle warmth and ability to both listen and connect with people made her a valued friend to many. In later years, Mona resumed her world travels, visiting the UK, Indonesia, Australia, Switzerland, Southern France and the US with David. Her daughters wish to thank her for inspiring them from a young age to be independent and to see the world. She will always be remembered with love by her husband of 47 years, David, her daughters Anne and Lynn, her son-in-law Bernard, and her grandchildren Alina, Felix and Thea. A gathering to remember Mona will be held in the summer. Should you choose to make a donation in Mona's memory, please consider St. Mary's Hospital or Totem Lodge in Sechelt where she received compassionate care over her final months.
"Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and
point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks,
and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me."
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Feb. 9, 2013