In memory of
Susan McDonald Susan Marie McDonald, 71, departed this life and began her heavenly life on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Fort Smith. She bravely fought cancer for five years with her husband of 48 years, Cleve McDonald, by her side. She was a longtime member of and organist at Grand Avenue Baptist Church. She was a member of Alma High School class of 1966. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1970 with a business education degree and later earned a medical laboratory technician degree from Westark Community College. She worked as a high school business education teacher and a medical laboratory technician. Susan loved to laugh, read murder mystery novels, watch Hallmark movies with her granddaughter, spend time with family and friends, grow her beautiful roses and listen to music. She was also a talented organist and pianist. She was a member and past president of the St. Edward Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, American Guild of Organists and the Ya Ya Optimist Club. Susan was born in Mulberry on March 20, 1948, to Dempsey and Bettie Butler of Alma. Her parents and many aunts and uncles preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Cleve; a daughter, Amanda Bossie and husband Andrew of Kingston, N.H.; a son, Joel McDonald; a daughter-in-law, Melanie Billing; a granddaughter, Kiera Billing of Bentonville; two sisters, Brenda Martin of Fort Smith and Tammy Lea Jones of Alma; a brother, Dennis Butler of Fort Smith; supportive sisters-in-law, Sue Jacobson and husband Norm of Roseville, Minn., and Janice Carlile of Greenwood; special caregiver and niece, Kristen Martin of Fort Smith; and other loving nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Edwards Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Girls Shelter of Fort Smith or Reynolds Cancer Support House in Fort Smith. Online condolences may be made at www.edwardsfuneralhome.com .
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