Mary E. McDonald, 90 passed away peacefully on August 16, 2020 after a lengthy illness.
Mary was born on July 12, 1930 to Emil and Marion Nielsen in Oakland, California. She had three siblings; a sister Betty and two brothers, Roger and Eric.
Mary met the love of her life, Richard R McDonald while attending Armstrong University. They were married on June 23, 1951. After Richard completed College they moved to Hawaii where they lived for five years and returned to California moving several times before settling in Elk Grove, California.
Mary was a devoted wife and a loving mother to four children and grandmother to her six grandchildren. She had a great love for all animals, with a special love for horses. In her earlier years she was an accomplished Equestrian and was a riding instructor for 28 years. For many years she served as a volunteer for PROJECT RIDE, caring for the horses and assisting special needs children.
Mary was proceeded in death by her parents, her sister Betty Mortensen and brother Roger Nielsen and her daughter-in-law Debra McDonald. She is survived by her husband Richard, her brother Eric Nielsen, her children; Karen (David) Vuceta of Nevada, Bruce McDonald of Idaho, Sandra McDonald of Montana and Eric (Kendra) McDonald of Elk Grove, California and her six grandchildren.
The family plans to have a celebration of life memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family suggest a memorial donation to her favorite charity Project Ride, 8840 Southside Avenue, Elk Grove, CA 95624.