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Tillie McDonnell

Eastern Shore - Tillie McDonnell, 66, passed peacefully into the Lord's eternal rest with her family at her side on August 6, 2018. She was born to Edgele and Loretta Jones, who predeceased her, in Ashtabula, Ohio and graduated from Harbor High School. She had five sisters Barbara, Tricia, Leslie, Donna, Jane and three brothers Ed, Randy and Brian.

Her family grew with daughter-in-law's Shelley, Beth, Andrea and five grandchildren Ryleigh, Reagan, Brayden, Liam, and Nolan. She also helped raise Jim McDonnell III married to Rosemary with daughters Simone and Nicole. She is also survived by her beloved Mother-in-Law Anne.

She married Jim McDonnell Jr. in 1977, a career U.S. Marine Corps officer and had three children Frank, Matt, and Larry.

As a devoted Marine wife, she moved around to include attending the Foreign Service Institute for languages prior to her husband's assignment as a military attaché in Rome Italy. She also was the Secretary/Treasurer for her husband's post-military business. She served in the capacity of Chief of Elections in Accomack County for 10 years.

Known as a sports enthusiast and avid golfer she enjoyed watching her Ohio sports teams as well as her sons' participation in youth leagues, high school, college and professional sports. Known as Nana, she cherished her grandchildren as they did her.

A mass celebrating Tillie's life with family and friends will be held for her at the Church of the Holy Family, 1279 N Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23454, on August 14, 2018, at 10:00 am. A private internment will be held at the Princess Anne Memorial Park in Virginia Beach. A private viewing for family will be held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Home. Online Condolences can be offered at H.D. Oliver.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 10, 2018
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