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Ann McDonald 1932 - 2021 Ann Marie (Walsh) McDonald was born on June 8,1932, the youngest of six children, on a farm near Missouri Valley, Iowa to her parents James Vincent Walsh and Ellen Claire (O'Rourke) Walsh. She passed away on April 7, 2021 at Accura Healthcare of Shenandoah. Her family moved to Chadron, NE for a short time while her dad worked for the railroad. They moved back to Missouri Valley where she attended school, then went into nursing school in Council Bluffs at Mercy Hospital. She graduated with her Registered Nurse degree and worked at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs for a couple of years. One evening, she attended a classmate's wedding reception, where she met a handsome young man who had just returned from the Korean War. The rest was history. Ann married Emmett McDonald on April 27,1955 at St. Patrick's Church in Council Bluffs. They settled on the farm just north of Imogene, Iowa where Emmett was already engaged in farming. She helped him raise cattle, hogs, chickens, and sheep, plus tending to a huge garden. They raised three children. Emmett suffered a heart attack in 1980 which required major surgical repair and he was not able to work at full capacity again. Ann worked hard to make sure he stayed as healthy as possible; it was not an easy life, but they worked as a team. Emmett died of a heart attack in 2003. She lived the rest of her life on the farm until one month before her death. She lived 66 years in total on that same farm; she recently said that she had a good life there. In her later years, she kept a garden, took walks with her dog, and did chores around the farm for as long as she could well into her mid-80s. She grew up with little money and appreciated the little things in life - like electricity and indoor plumbing! She was an active member of the Altar Society at St. Patrick's Church in Imogene, where she provided salads and desserts for countless funeral luncheons. She washed and ironed the altar linens for several years and sang in the church choir the last few years of her life. Ann was also active in pro-life work, knowing that all life has value and should be cherished. She enjoyed singing and loved to sing in the kitchen at home while she worked. She loved crossword puzzles, and reading, especially books about the lives of saints. She cooked up delicious meals, like roast beef, and mashed potatoes with gravy on Sundays for her family. She was funny and cared deeply for her family. She made everyone feel loved, with even the smallest gesture, like a smile or a squeeze of her hand. Her friends and family will miss her dearly. Joining Ann in heaven are her husband, parents, and siblings, Edna "Toots" (Leo) Tierney, Mary Catherine (Kenneth) Cleaver, Charles Walsh, James (Margaret) Walsh, and Thomas (Nellie) Walsh. Ann is survived by her daughter, Theresa (Brian) Dowd, and her sons, Jerry (Anne) and Pat (Mary) McDonald, grandchildren Bridget (Seth) Goldstein, Tom Dowd, Dan (Sarah) Dowd, Mary Clare Dowd, Michael Dowd, and Lizzy Dowd, Connor McDonald, Aidan McDonald, and Meredith McDonald, as well as her great-grandchild, Stella Goldstein, and another great-granddaughter due in August to Danny and Sarah. Ann is also survived by sisters-in-law Nellie Walsh Weldon, Marge McDonald, and Eleanor Eller, and too many cousins, nieces, and nephews to count but they were always in her prayers. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene with Rev. Lazarus Kirigia as Celebrant. Visitation and Rosary, with the family, was held Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. The Rosary Leader was Brian Dowd. The Lector was Marty Maher. The Altar Servers were Blake Doyle, Seth Hughes and Nate Hughes. The Eucharistic Minister was Kathy Harbor. The music was by Lizzy Dowd and Mary Beth Gowing. The Gift Bearers were Bridget Goldstein, Mary Clare Dowd and Meredith McDonald. The Casket Bearers were Tom Dowd, Dan Dowd, Michael Dowd, Connor McDonald, Aidan McDonald and Levi McDonald. The Bell Toller was Bernie Hughes. Burial was held at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Imogene. Memorials may be directed to the St. Patrick Catholic Church Building Fund. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com . Services entrusted to Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home.
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