Dr. Bonnie McDonald

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SPANISH FORT &8212; Dr. Bonnie Belle McDonald, 91, of Spanish Fort, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at her home in Westminster Village. Visitation will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at Wright&8217;s Funeral Home in Quitman, Miss., with services at 3:30 p.m.

Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Clarke County with the Rev. Paul McDonald officiating. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation or the American Heart Association.

McDonald was a native of Clarke County, Miss., the seventh of 11 children born to Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Webster McDonald.

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She graduated from Quitman High School and received her undergraduate degree in home economics from Mississippi University for Women. She later received her doctorate in nutrition from Texas Women&8217;s University, where she conducted research related to the U.S. space program.

During her professional career, McDonald was a faculty member at Florida State University, The University of Tennessee and The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

She also followed her six brothers into active duty during World War II, serving with the WAVES in Idaho and Washington, D.C., and earning her pilot&8217;s license.

McDonald left academic life in the 1980s, retiring to Orange Beach.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters:

Lois Aline McDonald, Robert Lamar McDonald, Irving Winfield McDonald, Marshall Percy McDonald, Edward Leo McDonald, Ava Lanelle Tate and Ella Marie McDonald.

One sister, Thellis Omera Lancaster, of Tallulah, La.; two brothers, Edd Reed McDonald, of Niceville, Fla. and Marlin Mitchell McDonald, of Meridian, Miss.; and numerous nieces and nephews, survives her.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Didlake, Steve Ewing, Kent Lancaster, Brian McDonald, Chris McDonald, Gary McDonald and Mark McDonald.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mac Bassett and Robert Sutton.