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Brantley Funeral Home

6875 Cockrum Street, Olive Branch, MS

OBITUARY

Karen A. McDonald

July 12, 1952June 20, 2020
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Karen Anne McDonald, age 67, of Olive Branch, Mississippi passed away on Saturday June 20, 2020. Karen was born July 12, 1952 in Memphis to the late Miller Hamilton Roberts and Mabel Wyatt Roberts.

She was a Purchasing Manager with Alumaform Corporation. Karen is survived by her loving husband; Rick McDonald, sons; Jacob D. McDonald, Jeffrey P. McDonald (Candice), five grandchildren; Lilyana McDonald, Madeline McDonald, Layla McDonald, Brodie McDonald and Hunter Kisner.

A visitation for Karen will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Brantley Funeral Home, 6875 Cockrum Street, Olive Branch, MS 38654, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM.

  • FAMILY

  • Miller Hamilton Roberts and Mabel Wyatt Roberts, Parents (deceased)
  • Rick McDonald, Husband
  • Jacob D. McDonald, Son
  • Jeffrey P. McDonald (Candice), Son
  • Lilyana McDonald, Grandchild
  • Madeline McDonald, Grandchild
  • Layla McDonald, Grandchild
  • Brodie McDonald, Grandchild
  • Hunter Kisner, Grandchild

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Memories

Karen A. McDonald

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Layla McDonald

June 28, 2020

I remember we would always go shopping together. She would park at the furthest parking space because she would not want anyone to park beside her. She would also say we need the exercise.😂 It will never be the same without her. She is an amazing grandmother and I’ll miss her, but she will always be here watching over me.

Taylor McDonald

June 28, 2020

I remember when Mamaw would always take us shopping, just because we wanted to get out of the house. After we would get done, she would take me and Layla out to eat and just spoil us every chance she got. Not only was Mamaw one of the BEST grandmas ever, but she was a friend to everyone. She will never be forgotten. I’m so glad that you are no longer in pain. Rest easy~Taylor ❤️

Doris (Walton) McCartney

June 28, 2020

I met Karen in the 70s. What a Wild time to live in. Karen was so Beautiful and Sophisticated! She was a World traveler to me - Dang her and Mac had lived in Alaska!! She became a close Friend immediately. She welcomed me into her home and heart. I quickly lost count of the weekends at her house, cooking out or in. Seemed everyone always ended up there. We lived thru the Moter Cycle riding times, the Custom Van days, the Hot Pants days, the Disco days and sitting around playing guitars & singing days. What fun times we had!! And made Wonderful Memories!! I'm thinking now that Karen Anne may have actually created OCD. She had a place for everything and she kept it there. Even when we'd camp out, she always had anything you might have forgot to bring. Organized at that. Our Jobs/Careers kept us apart for years. Then children and grandchildren. But Karen never left my heart. I thought of her often. And we'd reach out to each other every few years and pick up where we left off and get caught up. She will be greatly missed in this world. But she's as Beautiful, Sweet, Graceful and Loving in Heaven!
Mac, his sons, grandchildren and Family will always be on my mind and in my Heart and Prayers 🙏 May God Bless.
R.I.P. Karen

Brandie Thompson

June 26, 2020

I remember going out to your parents house with Hope's family. I remember your mom enjoying watching you guys play music. We all had good times at your parents house. Your family Jack ,Jeff and your father are in my prayers. Bless your whole family. I'm so sorry.
Love,
Brandie , Violet ,and Barry Thompson 💜

Margaret McDonald

June 25, 2020

What a lot of Memories, these times bring to us all. I remember the first time I met Karen Ann. I heard a roar and a Harley with a long haired skinny dude pulled up the hill to my house on Vine. Off jumped a tiny, dark haired beauty, with a contagious smile. I never dreamed that day that she would become my southern sister, and that we would share the births of our children and a mother-in-law and father-in-law that loved Karen like their own daughter. I remember many fun times at Sardis Lake with our families.
Karen was my sister in God's eyes and even the last couple times that I spent with her while she was ill, she kept a bright outlook and always had a quick wit about her. I was amazed each time how positive of an attitude she had. She is with God, and while she will be missed so much here by those who loved her, she is where we all hope to be one day. My love to Ricky, Jake and Jeffery and all those whose lives will be altered with her passing.

Lily McDonald

June 24, 2020

My beautiful grandmother. Where do I begin? I will always remember going over to your house to decorate pumpkins or Easter egg hunt. Everyone used to call me “little Karen”. You taught me in order to be a McDonald woman...you always put others first. You took care of great Mamaw when she needed you most. You did the same for me and my sisters. We used to go shopping for school supplies and you would buy at least half of the list. You would take me shopping for school clothes. We would make Christmas cookies. Every year you had a seafood dinner for Christmas and I wouldn’t leave the table until all the crab was gone. The best memories that you have are the little ones that you don’t pay attention to. I remember picking flowers in your garden. I love you mamaw and I am so happy that you are no longer hurting. Rip forever -Lily

Paula Mcdonald

June 24, 2020

I met Karen when I married into the family many years ago. We use to spend almost every weekend at Karen and Ricky’s house, playing cards, watching SNL, listening to the guys sing and play guitars. We also had a lot of good times in WaterValley at family get togethers. On Saturday Karen took her last breath on earth and her first breath in heaven and we will see her again one day. Until then my prayer is that God will give her family strength and peace in days ahead. Love you Karen RIP ✝️

Lee Ann Griffin

June 23, 2020

Karen was one of my best friends along with Doris , Bettye and several others. I have too many great memories to narrow it down to one. Even though we lost touch in the past few years she will always be a woman and friend that I looked up to and loved. RIP Karen.

Billy Goldsby

June 23, 2020

I first met Karen McDonald about 10 years ago at her brother n laws place in como. I remember she brought homemade chicken n dumplings for lunch, it was absolutely delicious!! To this day I compare all chicken n dumplings to hers. “Haven’t had any better yet!”My deepest condolences to all her family...

Linda Walker

June 23, 2020

I didn't spend a lot of time with Karen & her family but those moments were excellent. Karen welcomed me and my husband, Pat and my son, Joseph with open arms into her home so sweetly. I'll always remember our kids playing together on those RV weekends on the McDonald property and the BBQ parties. Good times!
As we arrive to our golden years we realize how precious our friends are to us and wish we had MADE the extra effort to visit frequently.
Farewell for now my dear friend. We will meet again soon.
Love,
Linda Walker

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