2009-09-23 / Obituaries

Linda M. (O'dell) Macdonald

Linda M. (O'dell) Macdonald, 66, of Old Forge passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, with her loving family at her side. Linda was born in Cold Spring, on May 15, 1943, the first daughter to James and Elizabeth O'dell.

Linda was predeceased by her loving husband Angus "Chip" Macdonald on June 15, 2008. Linda is survived by her daughter Melissa A. Macdonald, Old Forge, NY; her son Shannon A. Macdonald and his wife Crystal of Dickinson Center, NY; g;anddaughters Elizabeth Shirley-Anne Riehle and Olivia Floramae Macdonald; sisters Lorraine Owen, Patricia O'dell, and Carol Simpson; mother-inlaw Helen E. Macdonald; sister-in-laws Marcia Hardesty and Charina Macdonald; brother-in-laws Jim Hardesty and Donald Macdonald; and many nieces and nephews.

Linda grew up in Cold Spring and graduated from Haldane High School. After high school she worked for Reader's Digest in Pleasantville, NY, until she and her husband moved their small family to Old Forge in 1971. In 1979 Linda began her dedicated 30-year career at Helmer's Fuel and Trucking until her retirement in the Spring of 2009.

Linda was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Dewey Old Forge, Chapter # 449, American Legion Auxiliary Post 893, and was the Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary acting president since 2004. Among her many talents, Linda was a fantastic line dancer and instructor, an accomplished 600 Club bowler, and a fabulous knitter. She enjoyed music and theater, especially her nights at The Strand with her girlfriends.

In her struggles with cancer and the unexpected loss of her husband Linda became an inspiration to her family and friends, always maintaining an uncanny amount of courage, faith, and strength in the face of life's most daunting obstacles. She will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to The Old Forge Fire Department Auxiliary of Old Forge, NY 13420, or The Anna Wright Memorial Fund, Heath Science Foundation, 750 East Adams Street, CAB 324, Syracuse, NY, 13210.

A memorial service will be held on October 5, 2009, 11am, at Niccolls Memorial Church, Old Forge, NY. A gathering will be held at the McCauley Mountain Chalet following the service.

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