ELIZABETH "Betty" McDONALD (1920 - 2019)

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Passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Evanston, IL at the age of 99 after several years of declining health.
She was born Elizabeth Steele Reynolds on January 7, 1920 in Columbia, SC. Having grown up during the Great Depression she developed a frugal life style that served her well. The early passing of her husband, Thomas Edward McDonald in 1964 left her to raise her two surviving sons Robert and Thomas as a single working mother in Bethesda, MD. She worked for many years at the National Institutes of Health as an administrative assistant and later volunteered for many years at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and various nursing homes. In addition to her sons, she is survived by six grandchildren.
A memorial service for immediate family will be held at the time of her internment at Arlington National Cemetery where she will be re-united with her husband Thomas. Donations to the Basser Center for BRCA basser.org will be welcomed in lieu of flowers or other tributes.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 14, 2019
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