Michelle (Mickey) McDONALD M.D.
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McDONALD, Michelle, MD (Mickey) 61, passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones on May 11, 2016, after a prolonged illness due to carcinoid tumors and their complications. She leaves behind her beloved husband Bob Johnson, three wonderful children whom she cherished: Helen Cordier (Kye), Erik McDonald Johnson and Amelia McDonald Johnson, a blessing of a grandchild, Brynn Rose Cordier, a close sister, Megan McDonald, and several friends that she loved like family. Mickey grew up moving frequently as the daughter of a career Air Force officer, Jim McDonald and his college sweetheart Dorothy McAllister (both deceased), within and outside of the US. She learned at a young age to love and truly value the opportunities to be among peoples of different cultures and backgrounds. She enjoyed the benefits of a strong education, and trained to be a Family Physician. This provided the means to engage with and be of service to a broad swathe of our community over her working years. Including serving the people of the Navajo nation through the Indian Health Services in Kayenta, AZ. In Tucson, Mickey worked with Thomas Davis Medical Centers, St. Elizabeth and El Pueblo Clinics as a primary care physician. She transferred her focus of attention largely from individual patients to the community at large when she moved to the Health Department, and loved the challenges and opportunities of participating in our community's health response to events such as attending to the medical needs of Katrina evacuees, implementing a response to a measles outbreak, pandemic flu and multiple day to day outbreaks of infections in complex settings such as nursing homes and other medical settings. She also treasured the opportunity to treat patients from all over the world with tuberculosis, who had increasingly challenging medical backgrounds. While Mickey considered herself lucky to have work she could do with passion and commitment, the most important aspect of her life has been family and close friends. Being a wife, sister, daughter, friend, mother and grandmother were her greatest joy and interest. Living for a longish time with illness provided some benefits, including time to be with loved ones, to work things through with a long ranging view, to express love and connection. This time also provided Mickey the chance to cultivate a spiritual practice, a connection to creativity and art, and to speak with a more authentic and loving voice. She wants to thank all who have traveled these roads with her, together being. An open gathering of friends and family to celebrate Mickey's life is planned for Friday, May 20, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. located at Tohono Chul Park. If you wish to make a commemorative gift in Mickey's honor, please consider making it a regular practice to let those you love know it, or making a donation to benefit Pachamama (the environment) or redress socioeconomic inequity. Arrangements by MARANA MORTUARY & CEMETERY.



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Published in Arizona Daily Star from May 14 to May 15, 2016.
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May 19, 2016
She was a wonderful lady and very kind to my children. Our hearts go out to your family. She was one of a kind. Blessings and prayers, Sandi, Allen, Rachel and Joe Lee
May 19, 2016
Dr. McDonald (little Mac),

You were such in inspiration to me in so many ways. I got a new job working right underneath you and I learned and grew so much. I'm forever grateful. You will be missed so much by so many. Rest in peace my dear friend. Love you always!
Cecilia Amador
May 18, 2016
McDonald and Johnson family,
I was so sorry to hear of Dr.Mickey's passing. She was an amazing physician, mentor and coach. She taught me so much about passion and caring for community by example. It was truly an honor working with her at the Pima County Health Department. Dr. Mickey allowed me to spread my wings and soar. She believed that everyone had talent and brought a vast array of experiences to the table. Dr. Mickey had an incredible heart and loved her family immensely. I will be eternally grateful that Dr. Mickey was my mentor but most of all my friend. I will carry Dr. Mickey,and what she stood for and believed, in my heart, always. Dr. McDonald you will be our guiding light and angel in heaven. Thank you for the many lessons that you taught all of us. RIP. Much love always, Bertie
Bertie Lozano
May 18, 2016
Dear Bobby & Family,

Sending you much love and peace from New England.

Patty Lemen
May 18, 2016
Mickey's love of Whitetail Canyon was shared with those who visited her. We have missed being able to see her during her last several years. Winston and Jackie send their condolences to the family. We wish you peace and comfort to guide you as you move on without your wife, mother and friend.
Jackie Lewis
May 16, 2016
My deepest regrets for not being able to be there to offer my condolences in person. Anyone who can raise a daughter like Mellie must've been great.
Rachel Rothenberg
May 16, 2016
Thank you to everyone sending their well wishes during this difficult time. We are touched by all of the fond memories of my mom that have been pouring in. We will be gathering to remember Mickey/Dr. McDonald this Friday the 20th at 5:30 at Tohono Chul Park. All are welcome. Thanks again
-Mickey's family
Helen Cordier
May 16, 2016
McDonald and Johnson family.
I was so sorry to hear of Mickey's passing. She was a talented physician who put all of her heart into caring for her patients and community. She truly understood public health and will be missed. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her.
Elizabeth MacNeill
May 16, 2016
Love and prayers to you and your family, Mickey. It was an honor learning and working with you in public health. Rest in peace.

Marcy Flanagan
May 16, 2016
My condolences to her family. Michelle McDonald was my doctor for many years and she was great and caring for all her patients. She will be missed.
Evangelina Quihuis
May 15, 2016
Bob and family,

My life is enriched to know Mickey!

I hold you close to my heart with love and wish you healing grace.

With sadness,

Pi
Pi Irwin
May 15, 2016
Mickey it was an honor working with you, learning from you and sharing so many life stories. Gone but never forgotten, RIP.
Erica Smith
May 15, 2016
Dr. McDonald was the best physician I ever had. She always gave me all the time I needed and really listened to my concerns without judgement. I was sad when she left her practice, but understand her desire to do more for the community at the Health Dept. A truly compassionate human being, and I am a better person for having known her. Rest in Peace Mickey.
Debb Johnson
May 15, 2016
Dear Bob and family,
I was so saddened to hear of Mickey's death. I can only imagine the heartbreak - please know that Rita and I are thinking of you at this terribly difficult time.
Daniel Horton
May 15, 2016
Rip Dr.McDonald you were an amazing women. I enjoyed knowing and working with you you'll be missed by all but not forgotten. Prayers to the family
Norma Casillas
May 15, 2016
Dr. Mickey, Your presence gave me strength and encouragement just when I needed it at a difficult place in my life. I'm glad I told you just how important the experience was for me and equally pleased/honored that you cared. Indeed a blessing!
Richard C May
May 15, 2016
Dr. McDonald. It was an honor to work with you. I learned so much and you were well respected by many. Peace to you and your family.
Anne Walker
May 14, 2016
My condolences to the McDonald family. Mickey I was fortunate to work alongside you at PCHD. Rest with the Angels. Luis Rivera
May 14, 2016
Thank you for a life well-lived, Mickey.
Keith Schaeffer
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