Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

MacDonald / McDonald


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, May 1, 2003
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Rebecca J. McDonald, 85, of Shelbyville, died Monday, April 28, 2003.
Born Oct. 31, 1917, in Shelby County, d/o  Harrison and Flo Del (Moore) Ross.  Married  Boyd T. McDonald  on Aug. 28, 1937, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1957.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas D. McDonald  and  Jon D. McDonald, both of Shelbyville; one sister, Joan Koonce  of Litchfield, Ill.; and two grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one brother, three sisters, one stepsister and four stepbrothers.
Clerk at North Side Liquor.
Graduated in 1935 from St. Paul High School.
Member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries.
Forest Hill Cemetery.
Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, 9 Aug 1994
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          Wray O. McDonald, 46, Shelbyville, died Monday at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove.  He was born Feb. 4, 1948, to  Raymond L. and  Katherine M. (Sparks) McDonald,  who preceded him in death.  On Jan. 12, 1968, Mr. McDonald married  Sue Pope,  who survives.  He was a factory worker at GenCorp Automotive and a member of the Shelbyville Eagles Lodge No. 766.
          Survivors include three daughters,  Raechell Sweet,  Waldron,  Renea West,  Shelbyville, and  Rhea Jean McDonald,  Shelbyville; and five grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Murphy Funeral Home.  The Rev. William C. Horner will officiate.  Services will also be conducted by the Eagles Lodge.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Betty Kitchen  and Phyllis Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, June 15, 1985
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ETHEL  MAE  MCDONALD
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          Ethel Mae McDonald,  96,  Heritage Nursing Home, Greensburg, died at 9:15 p.m Sunday at Decatur County Hospital, Greensburg.  She was born in Shelby County March 8, 1887, to  Preston and  Josie (Young) Jones.  On January 3, 1906, she married  Jessie C. McDonald,  who died February 11, 1946.
          Mrs. McDonald was a 30-year resident of St. Paul and a former resident of Westport.  She retired from a state license branch in 1954.  Mrs. McDonald was a member and Sunday School teacher at Bethel Separate Baptist Church and a 50-year member of the Milford Order of the Eastern Star.
          She is survived by two daughters,  Mrs. Helen Casey,  Connersville, and  Mrs. Coleman (Marjean) Sparrow,  Port Charlotte, Fla.; a sister,  Mrs. Zella Paul,  St. Omer; a half-brother,  Orville Jones,  St. Paul; two half-sisters,  Mrs. Dora Monroe,  Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Howard (Naomi) Treitch,  Florida.
          Also surviving are five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.  Mrs. McDonald was preceded in death by three daughters, one sister, one brother and two half-brothers.
          Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Glenn E. George Funeral Home, St. Paul, with the Revs. David Freeman and Ressell Peterson officiating.  Burial will be at Copeland Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, May 31, 1977
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McDONALD
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          Mrs. Nellie May McDonald,  85, 523 Central Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., Shelby County native, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Oaklawn Residence Home in Pittsburgh.  She had been seriously ill two weeks.  Born Jan 16, 1892 in Boggstown, the daughter of  Thomas and  Elizabeth (German) Beynon,  she was married to  Earl McDonald,  who preceded in death.
          Surviving are a daughter,  Mrs. Donald (Mary E.) McWilliams,  whith whom she made her home; and five granchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Three sons,  Rondal E.,  Thomas Boyd  and  Melvin Claude McDonald  preceded in death.
          Mrs. McDonald, who lived in Shelbyville for 53 years, resided in Pennsylvania for the last 12 years.  She was a retired employe of Dellekamp Cleaners here where she had worked for 20 years as a clerk and was a member of the First Church Christ Scientist.
          Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Murphy Mortuary.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Griends may call at the mortuary from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Greensburg  Daily  News
Saturday March 8, 1947
Page 1 column 6
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RESIDENT  OF  ST.  PAUL  DIES
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Rites Monday For Mrs. MacDonald, 67
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          Mrs. Blanche MacDonald, 67, lifelong resident of the St. Paul community, died at the Major hospital at Shelbyville at 6 a.m. Saturday, following an illness with kidney trouble and complications.
          She was the daughter of  George W. and  Mattie Cox Jenkins  and was born in St. Paul on February 14, 1880.  Her marriage to  William MacDonald  took place on February 14, 1922.
          Widely known in the St. Paul community, Mrs. MacDonald was a member of the Eastern Star at Waldron, the St. Paul Rebekah lodge, and the Greensburg unit of the U.S.W.V. Auxiliary, as well as the St. Paul Christian church.
          The survivors are: the husband, William MacDonald, of St. Paul; a brother, Edward M. Jenkins, of Kansas City, Missouri; two nephews, Edward Phair, of Hammond, and  Harold Jenkins, of Indianapolis.  A sister, the late  Mrs. Lewis N. Marlow, formerly lived at Greensburg.
          Funeral rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Carmony funeral home at St. Paul.  The Rev. Frederick McCoy will officiate.  Burial will be made in the Paul Hill cemetery.  The body is at the funeral home where friends may call after 10 a.m. Sunday.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Maradean McDonald


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, February 12, 1946
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ST.  PAUL  MAN
DIES  AT  HOME
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Leukemia Is Fatal to
Retired Farmer
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          Jesse Clinton McDonald,  age sixty-one, widely known retired farmer, died at his home in St. Paul at 7:00 a.m. Monday after an illness of three years.  His condition had been serious for the past several months and death was caused by leukemia.
          Mr. McDonald had been a farmer in Shelby and Decatur counties the greater part of his life.  He retired and moved to St. Paul two years ago.  He was born near Westport on August 3, 1884, the son of  Stilley and  Hannah Ann Small McDonald  and was one of a family of 11 children.
          On January 3, 1906, he was married to  Ethel Mae Jones  and they celebrated their 40th anniversary this year.  Mrs. McDonald survives with four of five daughters born to the union.  Doris Maxine  died in infancy and those surviving are  Mrs. Leona Cole,  of Geneva;  Mrs. Bernice Bentley,  of Letta;  Mrs. Helen Williams,  at home, and  Mrs. Marjean Alexander,  of Indianapolis.  Also surviving are four grandchildren, four brothers and one sister,  James McDonald,  of Idaho;  Thomas,  of California;  John,  of Columbus;  Wilbur  of Westport, and  Mrs. Anna Piler,  of near Madison.
          Mr. McDonald was a member of the Milford Masonic lodge and also of the Bethel Separate Baptist Church near St. Paul where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Louis Eaton, of Illinois, officiating.  Burial will be in the Copeland cemetery in charge of D. E. Carmony of St. Paul.  Friends may call at the late home after 10:00 a.m. today.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
October 10, 1935
Page 2   Column 2-5
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DEATH  OCCURRED
WEDNESDAY  NIGHT
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Mrs. Mary Josephine McDonald
Passed Away at Son's Home in
This City.
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          Mrs. Mary Josephine McDonald,  widwo of  Charles McDonald  and a lifelone resident of Shelby county, passed away at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday night at the home of her son,  James McDonald,  322 Howard street.  Mrs. McDonald ahd been ill over a perios of three weeks, suffering from complications of diseases, incidental to her advanced age, and the announcement of her death is received with sincere regret throughout the community.
          Funeral services are to be held at 2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon from the late home with the  Rev. Arville Owens,  pastor of the Vine street M.P. church, officiating.  Burial, at the City cemetery, will be in charge of Loren H. Murphy, funeral director.  Friends may call at the late home from 5:00 o'clock this evening until the hour of the funeral services.
          Mrs. McDonald, the daughter of  Joseph and  Anna Yeager,  was born in Union township, near Rays Crossing, July 20, 1855, being at the time of death, eighty years, two months and twelve days old.  In August, 1874, she was united in marriage to Mr. McDonald, who preceded her in death in September, 1919.
          For forty-five years, Mrs. McDonald resided one mile southwest of Shelbyville on the Smithland road in what was formerly the residence connected with a toll gate.  She was the mother of nine children, five of whom survive.
          They are  John,  Grover,  Earl  and  James McDonald,  of this city and  Mrs. Maude Taylor,  of Kokomo.  She also leaves twenty grandchildren and five great-grandchldren.
          Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Heavenly Recruits church.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Kokomo  Tribune
October 3, 1935
Page 3
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MOTHER  OF  MRS. WILLIAM  TAYLOR,
KOKOMO,  HAD  BEEN  ILL
SEVERAL  WEEKS.
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          Mrs. Mary McDonald, mother of  Mrs. William Taylor, 2005 South Washington street, died Wednesday night at her home at Shelbyville, according to a message received in this city.  Mrs. Taylor who was eighty years old had been ill several weeks and Mrs. Taylor has been with her the past week.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the home, 322 Howard street, Shelbyville.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Thursday, July 11, 1935
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BELOVED  WOMAN
DIED  SATURDAY
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Death  of  Mrs.  Mahaley  Ann  McDonald
Due  to  Heart  Trouble
Ill  Several  Weeks.
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          Mrs. Mahaley Ann McDonald,  wife of  John W. McDonald,  died at her home, 819 west South street, at 4:40 o'clock Saturday afternoon, July 6.  Death was due to heart trouble with which the deceased had been ill for several years.
          Mrs. McDonald was born in Kentucky on March 27, 1865, being at the time of death seventy years, three months and nine days old.  She was the daughter of  John S.  and  Elizabeth Russell Shaw.  On January 6, 1888 she was married to Mr. McDonald, and to this union were born nine children, five of whom survive with the husband.
          The children surviving are  Esta  and  Earl McDonald, and  Mrs. Nettie Smith,  all of this city;  Mrs. Stella Phillips, Shelby county; and  Luther,  of Catherine, Ky.  Other survivors are one brother,  L. G. Shaw  and one sister,  Debbie Shaw,  both of Catherine, Ky.
          The deceased was a member of the First Christian church of this city and had been a resident of Shelbyville for the past twenty-two years.  Her death is deeply mourned by hundreds of friends.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home at 2:00 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Paul E. Million, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating.  Burial, in charge of Charles M. Ewing, will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday March 5, 1934
Page 2 column 6
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FUNERAL  SERVICE  AT  EWING  CHAPEL
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John McDonald, 79, Dies At Home In Geneva
Sunday After Eight Weeks’ Illness
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SURVIVED  BY  GRANDSON
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          John McDonald, 79 years old, for many years a resident of Noble township, Shelby county, died at his home in Geneva at midnight Sunday.  Mr. McDonald had been ill for the past eight weeks.
          The deceased was born on March 31, 1854 and was the son of  Robert and Harriett McDonald.  Mr. McDonald was seventy-nine years, eleven months and four days old at the time of death.  Survivors are one grandson,  Raymond McDonald,  of this city.
          Funeral services will be held at the Ewing Funeral Chapel on North Harrison street Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock and the Rev. William R. Hendrickson of Geneva, will officiate.  Interment will be made in the Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Carolyn Berkemeier


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, January 2, 1931
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FAIRLAND  WOMAN  SUCCUMBS  TODAY
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Mrs. Mary J. McDonald, Seventy, Passes Away
Last Member of Family
HAD  BEEN  ILL  LONG  TIME
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          Mrs. Mary J. McDonald, widow of  Charles P. McDonald, passed away at her home in Fairland at ten minutes to one o'clock this morning.  She has been in poor health for some time. Mrs. McDonald was the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Badgley and was born July 1, 1858, being seventy-two years, six months and one day of age at the time of death. For many years she was a resident of Sugar Creek township.  Her husband preceded her in death about fifteen years ago.  A son, Oscar McDonald, passed away in 1929.
          Mrs. McDonald was the last of her family, no close relatives surviving. A twin sister, Mrs. Sadie J. Holmes, passed away in April, 1930.  Bert McDonald  of this city, is a nephew of the deceased.
          Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Christian church.  The body was taken to the C. F. Fix and Son mortuary to be prepared for burial.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
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Saturday, January 3, 1931
FUNERAL  MONDAY  MORNING
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          Funeral services for Mrs. Mary J. McDonald, Fairland resident, who died early yesterday, will be held in the Fix & Son chapel Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock, with Rev. Paul Million officiating.  Interment will be in the family lot in the Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the C. F. Fix & Son mortuary at any time to see the remains.
          Surviving nephews in this county are:  Bert McDonald, Fairland, and  Charles McDonald of Sugar Creek township.  Several more distant relatives also survive.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday May 8, 1924
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DEATH  COMES  TO  MRS.  M’DONALD
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Paralysis Proves Fatal To Geneva Woman
Following Lingering Illness
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NATIVE OF SHELBY COUNTY
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          Mrs. Mary Alice McDonald,  wife of  John McDonald,  died at the home two miles southwest of Geneva, Wednesday evening at 8:15 o’clock.  Mrs. McDonald had been ill for many months and her death was caused from paralysis.  She was 64 years of age.  She was the daughter of  James B. and  Elizabeth Ann (Applebee) Vaughn,  and was born in the house where she died on October 9, 1860.  On September 9, 1874, she was married to John McDonald and to this union ten children were born, seven of whom survive, four sons and three daughters.  They are  James  and  Herschel, of Kansas City, Missouri;  Alfred, of Texas;  Virgil, of Chicago;  Mrs. Rosella Young  of Newton, Kansas;  Mrs. Hazel Tiller, of Richmond, Virginia, and  Miss Hattie  at home.  While the deceased was not affiliated with any church, she was a devoted mother and kind neighbor.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the Geneva Methodist church on Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, the Rev. Samuel Hawkins officiating.  Interment will be made in the Lewis Creek Baptist cemetery.  Mrs. Mary Tindall in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Carolyn Berkemeier


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 12, 1918
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Sixteenth Casualty
For Shelby County
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[Photograph]
Private Alonzo McDonald.
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          Among the belated casualties is the name of  Private Alonzo McDonald,  son of  Mr. and Mrs. John McDonald,  northwest of this city, who gave his life on the field of battle Sunday, Oct. 17.  He was one of the prominent young agriculturists of the county and gave up his work to enter service last June.  He was stationed at Camp Sherman, O., and sailed in August with the 84th Division.
          Private McDonald was twenty-seven years of age and a young man with many friends.  He was born in Kentucky, but the greater part of his life had been spent in this county.  He was a member of the Shelbyville lodge of Red Men and a man of splendid character.  His star in the county service flag will be changed to gold, the sixteenth to die of wounds and in action in France.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, August 24, 1904
Page 8, column 4
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          Charles McDonald died at his home in Sugar Creek township at one a.m. Wednesday, August 24th, aged seventy-three years, two months and nine days.  He leaves a widow and one son-Oscar.  Funeral services will be held at the Christian church at Fairland, at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 25th, Elder Tomlinson, officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill in charge of  James Hoop & Co.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Volunteer
Shelbyville, Indiana
June 8, 1876
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A  HORRIBLE  DEATH
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       On Monday afternoon  Mordica McDonald  of Sugar Creek Township, when starting out into a field to plow in company with two hired hands, led his horse (which was a young fiery steed) up to the fence and as he attempted to jump onto its back, it sprang from under him and started to run with all its might, his foot having caught in the checkline which was done up on the harness, and while trying to extricate his foot from the line he lost his handhold on the horse and was drug something like a quarter of a mile over the plowed ground, roots and stumps; the horse running its best until completely tired out it stopped in a fence corner at the opposite side of the field, when Mr. Mc. raised himself up and loosed his foot from the line and then sank back upon the ground faint and exhausted.  Those who were present and witnessed the frightful scen [sic] soon came up and bore him off the field of death to his house, where he remained conscious but in great pain until 1 o'clock next morning when he died.  His body was beat and bruised all over; a snag had entered his abdomen and disemboweled him.  His bowels had been drug over the plowed ground and roots and snags until they were so lacerated that the attending physicians were compelled to cut off a portion of them, not being able to get them back into his person.  Mr. Mc. was a thrifty, well to do farmer about 45 years of age, having devoted his whole life to toil --- tending to his own business and making money.  This is certainly a horrible occurrence, and it should serve a purpose of making persons very cautious about handling horses.  The greatest of care and every proper precaution should be observed by all who handle horses in any way, for with a little carelessness there is great danger attending.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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