Shirley Mae Richardson McDonald was born to William Edgar and Leona Gertrude (Wheeler) Richardson on September 27, 1935, in Grenora, North Dakota. She was the eldest of three daughters.
Shirley went to school in Grenora, was in Girl Scouts, choir, band, and graduated May 27, 1953. In the fall, she went to her cousins’ in Great Falls and got a job at Crane Company Plumbing and Heating as a receptionist. Later she worked at IFB Leasing, then after that, she worked at Great Falls Government Employees Credit Union, now known as Russell Country Federal Credit Union and retired on August 2, 1996.
In July of 1954, she met her husband, Don McDonald on a blind date. They were married on February 5, 1955. They adopted their daughter, Sandra Cathleen in October of 1963, and son, William Edward “Bill” in August of 1966.
Shirley loved playing pinochle, and enjoyed having card parties. She also played Sequence with her grandchildren. The children loved beating her in it too.
There will be a memorial service at West Side United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.
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