Obituary for MCDONALD

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday August 15, 2004

Beulah Mary Proctor McDonald passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2004 at the age of 94. She was born in the village of Roy, territory of New Mexico on February 19, 1910 to James and Alma Reiser Proctor. Her parents died while she was a child. She was taken in and fostered by Rufus and Estella Abernathy of Roy. She married Clyde Ernest McDonald in 1925. As a young wife and mother, she was a member of the Christian Church and was active in the Woman's Club in Roy. When her husband went off to WWII in the Seabees, she worked to help support the family. She ran the OPA office and also worked as a telephone operator. After the war, she owned an insurance agency while her husband established McDonald Electric in Roy. The family moved to Albuquerque in 1951 where she has resided since. Beulah became the supervisor of a typing pool at Sandia Base until a serious accident caused her early retirement in 1962. She and her husband enjoyed following the career of their son, Tommy, as he played college football and professionally in the NFL. They took several trips to see his games. They enjoyed traveling in their motor home in this country, Canada and Mexico. Beulah was preceded in death by her three-year old daughter, Audilee; her husband, Clyde; 3 sisters, AudreyTyrell, Thelma Brand and Lorena Baker; her brother, James Proctor, Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Dolores and Angelo Doitchinoff of Cliff, NM; and grandson, Thomas McDonald of Albuquerque. She is survived by her sons, Clyde Raymond McDonald and wife, Eileen of Albuquerque and Thomas Franklin McDonald and wife, Patricia of King of Prussia, PA. Also surviving is a sister, Christine Beeler of Lakeside, AZ; 3 nieces, Julie Baker Rachlis of Northfield, IL, Sharon Feuer of Minneapolis, MN and Deborah McReynolds of Phoenix, AZ; and 2 nephews, Merwin Beeler and Richard Beeler and wife, Karen of Lakeside, AZ. Surviving grandchildren are: Dianna Giles of Silver City, NM; Deborah Cantrell and husband, Delton of Artesia, NM; Daneen Gatlin of cliff, NM; Clyde (Tuffy) McDonald, Jr. and wife, Darcy of Fullerton, CA; Michael and James McDonald of Albuquerque; Sherry Capone and husband Rudy of Audubon, PA; Christopher McDonald and wife, Carole of Collegeville, PA; Thomas McDonald and wife, Kimberly of King of Prussia, PA and Patricia (Tish) McDonald of King of Prussia, PA. Beulah was very proud to have 13 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Her abiding interest was her family to whom she gave great love and encouragement. The McDonald family wishes to thank Vangie Tafoya, Karen Waggoner, Shaylene Loretto and Helen Tafoya for their loving care of and special friendship with Beulah. Services will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2004, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with entombment next to her beloved husband at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, following. Pallbearers will be Clyde "Tuffy" McDonald, Michael McDonald, James McDonald, Teddy Jack Rhodes and James Cooper. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity, The United Church in Roy or to the Harding County Community Center in Roy, New Mexico 87743. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333 NEW

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