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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Susan Marie McDonald

March 20, 1948September 8, 2019
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Susan Marie McDonald, 71, departed this life and began her heavenly life on Sunday, September 8, 2019, in Fort Smith. She bravely fought cancer for five years with her husband of 48 years, Cleve McDonald, by her side.

She was a longtime member of, and organist at, Grand Avenue Baptist Church. She was a member of Alma High School Class of 1966. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1970 with a Business Education degree and later earned a Medical Laboratory Technician degree from Westark Community College. She has worked as a high school business education teacher and a medical laboratory technician.

Susan loved to laugh, read murder mystery novels, watch Hallmark movies with her granddaughter, spend time with family and friends, grow her beautiful roses, and listen to music. She was also a talented organist and pianist. She was a member and past President of the St. Edwards Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, the American Guild of Organists, and a member of the Ya Ya Optimist Club.

Susan was born in Mulberry, Arkansas, on March 20, 1948, to Dempsey and Bettie Butler, of Alma. Her parents and many aunts and uncles preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Cleve; a daughter, Amanda Bossie and husband Andrew of Kingston, NH; a son, Joel McDonald; daughter-in-law, Melanie Billing; and granddaughter, Kiera Billing, of Bentonville; two sisters, Brenda Martin of Fort Smith and Tammy Lea Jones of Alma; one brother, Dennis Butler of Fort Smith; supportive sisters-in-law, Sue Jacobson and husband Norm of Roseville, MN; and Janice Carlile, of Greenwood; special caregiver and niece, Kristen Martin of Fort Smith; and other loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 am at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Wednesday at Edwards Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Jim Ford, Lyle Jacobson, Gary Lyles, Brett Martin, Keith Sanders, Jim Shannon and Phillip Wylie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Girls’ Shelter of Fort Smith or the Reynolds Cancer Support House in Fort Smith. Online condolences may be made at www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Cleve McDonald, Husband of 48 years
  • Amanda Bossie and husband Andrew, Daughter
  • Joel McDonald, Son
  • Melanie Billing, Daughter-in-law
  • Dempsey and Bettie Butler, Parents (deceased)
  • Kiera Billing, Grandchild
  • Brenda Martin, Sister
  • Tammy Lea Jones, Sister
  • Dennis Butler, Brother
  • Sue Jacobson and husband Norm, Sister-in-law
  • Janice Carlile, Sister-in-law
  • Kristen Martin, Special caregiver and Niece
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jim Ford, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lyle Jacobson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gary Lyles, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brett Martin, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Keith Sanders, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jim Shannon, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Phillip Wylie, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Girls’ Shelter of Fort Smith
  • Reynolds Cancer Support House

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 12, 2019

Memories

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Euphia Johnson

September 11, 2019

So very sorry!
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Gary Bobo

September 11, 2019

My most heart felt condolences to the family.

Robin Harris

September 11, 2019

Dear Cleve,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are so saddened to hear of Susan's passing. Please know that we are thinking of you at this most difficult time.
Your friends at
Arkansas Society of CPAs

Donna and Bill Huskison

September 10, 2019

Dear Cleve and Family,

Susan was very compassionate, talented and courageous. Shw will be greatly missed.
We will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Donna and Bill Huskison

James & Edna Wagoner

September 10, 2019

Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Ron Williamson

September 10, 2019

Cleve ,So sorry to here about Susan's passing. She was such a precious lady.

Doug Melton

September 10, 2019

Cleve and Family I was sad to learn of Susan's passing. Please accept my condolences and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Ron Pitts

September 10, 2019

Cleve-I'm so sorry for your loss.

Bill & Jane Foster

September 9, 2019

Cleve,
So sorry to hear about Susan. Jane & I send our deepest sympathy.
In looking at the beautiful picture of Susan, it has brought back memories of some happy times spent with you'all at meetings and conventions of the ASCPA. May God be with you and your family.

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Biography

Susan Marie McDonald, 71, departed this life and began her heavenly life on Sunday, September 8, 2019, in Fort Smith. She bravely fought cancer for five years with her husband of 48 years, Cleve McDonald, by her side.

She was a longtime member of, and organist at, Grand Avenue Baptist Church. She was a member of Alma High School Class of 1966. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1970 with a Business Education degree and later earned a Medical Laboratory Technician degree from Westark Community College. She has worked as a high school business education teacher and a medical laboratory technician.

Susan loved to laugh, read murder mystery novels, watch Hallmark movies with her granddaughter, spend time with family and friends, grow her beautiful roses, and listen to music. She was also a talented organist and pianist. She was a member and past President of the St. Edwards Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, the American Guild of Organists, and a member of the Ya Ya Optimist Club.

Susan was born in Mulberry, Arkansas, on March 20, 1948, to Dempsey and Bettie Butler, of Alma. Her parents and many aunts and uncles preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Cleve; a daughter, Amanda Bossie and husband Andrew of Kingston, NH; a son, Joel McDonald; daughter-in-law, Melanie Billing; and granddaughter, Kiera Billing, of Bentonville; two sisters, Brenda Martin of Fort Smith and Tammy Lea Jones of Alma; one brother, Dennis Butler of Fort Smith; supportive sisters-in-law, Sue Jacobson and husband Norm of Roseville, MN; and Janice Carlile, of Greenwood; special caregiver and niece, Kristen Martin of Fort Smith; and other loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 am at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Wednesday at Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Girls’ Shelter of Fort Smith or the Reynolds Cancer Support House in Fort Smith. Online condolences may be made at www.edwardsfuneralhome.com