There are many things about a long life that can't go into a brief obituary. With hope that you will forgive my poor memory for dates, here are a few: She was born in Iowa and grew up on Lomita, California (LA), when it was a small town. She graduated from Berkeley with a major in Food Science, then joined the Navy during World War II. She was stationed in Oklahoma, then Boston. She met our father, James E. McDonald, when she was his student in a meteorology class at MIT. They had their first child in 1945. They lived in Ames, Iowa, while James got his PhD in Meteorological Physics. The family grew to six children by 1953 (I am the youngest). After a brief time in Chicago, they moved to Tucson in 1954. Mom was involved in the Unitarian Church when we were very young, then helped found the Tucson Humanist group, which led to the Junior Humanist school where she taught comparative religions among other things. We have many good memories of the school, potlucks, and the wonderful excursions organized by parents. She was the Mother of the Year in the Daily Citizen (in the early 60s, I think). It's impossible to begin to touch on the many years she spent raising us, cooking meals every day for eight, taking us to music and dance lessons, attending events and going to PTA meetings! She did it with her characteristic tireless energy. While raising us, she was active in civic groups including the League of Women Voters, and helped found the local ACLU. Through the ACLU, she helped defend young black men in the courts and became involved in the fight for Black and Hispanic civil rights. I have an early memory of traveling with her on a bus across the country, and her shock and anger that a young black woman was not allowed to eat in a restaurant along the way. My mother refused to eat there also, and we sat with the woman and talked the whole time. She had a strong inborn sense of justice, and stubborness and courage to go with it! The Vietnam War radicalized her further, and she became convinced that she should fight for socialism. This became what she called her second life project, eventually as a member of the Socialist Workers Party. She helped found and run the Tucson Peace and Freedom group and Venceremos Press on 4th Avenue (and trained herself to be an offset printer, quite an accomplishment!). She lived in several cities in this period, including Phoenix, San Francisco, Portland and Los Angeles. She went to work in an industrial job in her early 60s and continued into her early 70s. She returned to Tucson and remained politically active until the end of her life. She was optimistic about the future, and believed strongly in the importance and goodness of ordinary people. This was not an abstract or intellectual belief; she was always warm and accessible and interested in everyone she met. She was indeed an inspiration to many people, and to family members always a strong and loving presence. She will be missed!