Wilmarie McDonald
1921 - 2020
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Wilmarie McDonald

St. Charles - Wilmarie Strawn McDonald, daughter of Jessie May Martin and Charlie Strawn, was born July 8, 1921 in St. Charles, Iowa. She died October 16, 2020 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.

Wilmarie graduated from St. Charles High School in 1939. She taught for two years at Stringtown School in Douglas Township in Madison County and married Kenneth McDonald on April 19, 1941 in Bethany, Missouri. Wilmarie and Kenneth spent their entire married life in Madison County and moved to St. Charles in 1950. They had four children.

Wilmarie was a 50-year member of Model Chapter #174 Order of the Eastern Star and was a Grand Officer in 1996. She was a member of the St.Charles Parish Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her five brothers and one sister, husband Kenneth, son Mike, son-in-law Gary McClimen, and grandson-in-law Dan Miltner. She is survived by sons Galen (Kris) of Owatonna, MN and John (Sue) of St. Charles, daughter Nancy McClimen of Des Moines, daughter-in-law, Leilani McDonald of Iowa Falls, 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be Monday, October 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at St. Charles Parish Church on Tuesday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the St. Charles Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Charles Parish Church.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Oct. 17 to Oct. 28, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
Wilmarie brought joy and friendliness everywhere she went. She was a staple of St. Charles and friend to so many. She will be missed dearly.
Wendy Gray
October 19, 2020
Wilmarie was so special to all. We would visit during perm appointments and always talked about her family, she loved you all so much . I would tell her up to 94 I never thought she aged. I was so lucky to have blessed with her friendship.
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October 19, 2020
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October 18, 2020
A truly remarkable woman. I was not able to spend as much time as I would have liked with Wilmarie and Kenneth.... but the memories of times spent together are forever in my heart. A beautiful spirit, an incredible baker, friend, seamstress and loving ear to many. I will miss you Wilmarie. Thank you for being there for me. Michelle
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