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Remembering Dee McDonald

July 11, 2014
Estherville News

Letter to the Editor

On Saturday, July 5th the community of Estherville lost an invaluable, giving member. The passing of Dee McDonald has affected so many people, but not as many as Dee affected in life.

If you walk down the street and ask people to describe Dee you would hear words such as talented, fun, caring, compassionate, giving, confident and loving.

She loved Jesus and had accepted him as her Savior. A lot of people will tell you there was something special about Dee She had a light inside her that only our great God can provide and she shined that light into the lives of others. This was apparent in the relationship she had with her children and her husband, Greg. She loved them dearly and always put their best interest first. A family centered on the rock, Loving and helping each other. Dee would tell me about how she loved the time she spent playing and singing with her family. What a talented crew! She especially enjoyed it when Ashley was performing around the area and she would call her Mom up to help her sing a few songs.

Dee loved to have fun, joke around, and she loved to sing and share her talents playing the guitar and recently attempting to master the keyboard and harmonica. She was fearless in the Lord and was passionate about what she believed. We were blessed to have had her as an Activity Assistant for many years at Good Samaritan and would have loved to have had the opportunity to welcome her back. She had a true love for the residents and them for her.

Dee and I, along with many other friends, made a lot of music over the years! It was not always perfect, but it was always heartfelt, genuine, and a ministry. We had wonderful practice times full of laughter, prayer and fellowship. There were also a few full of frustration, the pulling of hair and a little eye rolling ? Ha Ha! There was always a common thread - we shared the love of Lord, the music and each other.

Dee loved to share her gifts, with the residents, co-workers, various churches in town and the community. Our last performance together was at Relay for Life on Saturday, June 5th 2014. God only knew that would be the last time we would ever sing together on this earth. I promise when we sing together again it will be nothing short of Heavenly!

In conclusion, I just want to say, I loved this woman with all my heart. She was my friend and sister in Christ and my life on this earth will never be the same without her - as I suspect many of you might feel. She was the melody to my harmony and I was so blessed to have her in my life!

Until we meet again, my friend.

In Christ,

Denise Leal,




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