William D. and Mamie MacDonald


William D. MacDonald


At Charlottetown, January 11, 1968, William D. MacDonald, formerly of Little Sands in his 84th year. Resting at the Gillis Funeral Home, Eldon. Funeral from Little Sands United Church, Saturday, January 13 at 2 p.m. Interment in Little Sands Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Visiting hours commencing at 3 p.m. today.

(Charlottetown Guardian January 12, 1968)

Mary Janet [Mamie] MacDonald


At Beach Grove Home, Thursday, April 4, 1991, Mrs. Mamie MacDonald, wife of the late William D. MacDonald, formerly of Little Sands, aged 97 years. Resting at MacLean Funeral Home from where funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 am. Interment later in Little Sands Cemetery. Visiting hours today Friday 3-5 and 7-9 pm. If so desired, memorials to Beach Grove Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

(EP April 5, 1991)

Mary Janet(Mamie) MacDonald

On April 4, 1991, God took Mamie MacDonald by the hand and gently led her Home to dwell eternally. It was the closing of an earthly life marked by length of days, a life characterized by love, compassion, hospitality and devotion to her savior. She was well known as a friendly person, loyal and true to her friends. Throughout her life the comment was repeated by many people, "Mamie is a wonderful woman".

She was born Mary Janet MacTavish in Newtown, P.E.I. on October 15, 1893, the daughter of Donald and Kathyrn (MacDonald) MacTavish. The last surviving member of that family, Mamie was predeceased by her brother, Duncan MacTavish, sisters Margaret Gillis and Belle MacLeod; also by brother Jack, who was killed during World War I.

She taught school in Eldon, Melville, Little Sands and Lyndale, bringing to her teaching the warmth, patience and good humour that were so much a part of her personality.

In 1917 she married William D. MacDonald of Little Sands, where they resided throughout all their working years. Five children were born of their marriage, of whom three daughters survive - Donalda MacDonald, Charlottetown, Belle Keenan, Scarborough and Anita Pelletier, British Columbia. Mamie was predeceased by her husband (1968) and sons Hector Charles and Murdock, British Columbia, both veterans of World War II. She had 21 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

Mamie MacDonald was a devoted member of the Wood Islands Presbyterian Church. For many years she was a member of Little Sands Women's Institute. In the community she was tireless tending the sick, comforting the bereaved and in welcoming newcomers to the district. Wherever she went she radiated warmth, tenderness and cheer.

For the past two years she wasa resident at Beach Grove Home, but she continued in good health until a few days before her death, enjoying her association with a caring staff, and visits of family and friends.

The funeral service from MacLean's Funeral Chapel was conducted by Rev. Roger MacPhee. The pallbearers were six of her grandsons: Ronnie MacDonald, Clifford MacDonald, Dr. Allan MacDonald, Dr. Stewart MacDonald, Elton Keenan and Cameron MacDonald. During the service, Florence Simmons beautifully rendered two organ solos "What a Friend We Have In Jesus" and "Amazing Grace". Interment will be in Little Sands Cemetery

(Evening Patriot May 13, 1991)

Compiled by: Ann Bonnell

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