Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 11, 2013

Angie Ruth MacDonald

TRAVERSE CITY — On Aug. 8, 2013, as the Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums marched down the hill at the Grand Traverse Pavilions Campus playing Scotland the Brave, wee bonnie lass Angie Ruth MacDonald, 95, and a resident of the Grand Traverse Pavilions, was peacefully piped into the loving arms of her Lord Jesus Christ.

Angie was born on May 24, 1918, to the late Virgil and Suzanna (Tumbleson) Rose in Eau Claire. She married Paul J. MacDonald on July 17, 1938, in Dowagiac.

Angie thoroughly enjoyed being a mother and raising her family, and her grandchildren and great-grands were very special to her.

While living in Dowagiac and working as an elementary school librarian she used her love of books and children to bless many. She also volunteered in various organizations, including her favorite, Kids Hope, after retiring to Traverse City.

She was a faithful member of the Federated Church in Dowagiac and later The First Congregational Church in Traverse City, where she served as the church librarian for several years.

Angie will be remembered for her delicious cooking and baking skills. Those fortunate enough to receive her homemade peanut brittle and other goodies during the holidays always eagerly looked forward to the next holiday. Over the years her family anticipated clan gatherings where they indulged in entrees like her homemade chicken and noodles. They will also fondly remember her feisty disposition, beautiful smile and generous soul.

Surviving Angie are her husband of 75 years, Paul; children, Paula (Larry) Hofmeister, of Kingsley, Drs. Don (Ginger) MacDonald, of Federal Way, Wash., and David (Ginny) MacDonald, of Skandia; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many other loving friends and family members.

Angie was preceded in death by her parents; six siblings; and son, Gerald Richard “Dick” MacDonald.

A memorial service will be held for Angie at 11 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Botanic Garden of Northwest Michigan, PO Box 1247, Traverse City, MI 49685-1247, which is located on the grounds of the old State Hospital.

Please sign Angie’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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