Catherine Mackey McDonald

March 29, 1914January 18, 2013

Catherine Mackey McDonald, age 98, died January 18, 2013. A longtime resident of Rome, GA, she had lived in Greensboro, NC, since November, 2011.

A memorial service was held January 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Rome. Visitation was at 1 p.m. at the church.

Catherine lived a life of service. She graduated from Berry College in 1936 with a B.S. Degree and a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia in 1955 in Home Economics. She taught home economics at Berry High School, Monticello High School, Moultrie High School and Berry College. She was Department Chairman from 1970-81 at Berry College. She ended her teaching career as Director of the Pre-School Center on the Berry College Campus. She was an officer in the Georgia Home Economics Association, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Daughters of Berry and the Rome-Floyd Retired Educators Association.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Moultrie and later member and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Rome. In Rome, she taught Sunday School, served on the Bereavement Committee, Senior Adult Committee and Early Education Committee. She and her husband Milton worked to found a daily preschool program at the First Baptist Church.

A longtime desire to serve as a missionary was fulfilled when Catherine and her husband Milton volunteered and served in mission work in Liberia, Africa in 1985-86. She received a Distinguished Church Woman Award from First Baptist Church of Rome. Other awards from her professional life included: Who’s Who in American Woman, Georgia Home economics Association Silver Service Award and Woman of the Year at Berry College.

A native of Rentz, GA, she was the daughter of Sam and Annie Mae Mackey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Milton S. McDonald, her parents, and her three brothers. She is survived by two sons, Charles McDonald, Gainesville, GA, and Mackey McDonald, Greensboro, NC, and a daughter, Shirley Bailey, Greensboro; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1189, Rome, GA 30162-1189 or the Berry College Alumni Association, P. O. Box 490069, Mount Berry, GA 30149.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Christie Boyd

January 27, 2013

Dr. and Mrs. McDonald were such wonderful neighbors to us on Ford Drive. We were very sad when she moved. She was wonderful to me as a new mother with no family nearby when our Nicole was born 28 years ago.

She was always so kind to us and we will remember her always.

Christie, Freddy, and Nicole Boyd


January 26, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Robert Travis

January 25, 2013

As we read this,the main thought that comes to mind is "a life truly well lived".
May God be with The McDonald family and provide comfort.
Bob and Betty Travis

January 25, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the McDonald family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.

Carol Griffin

January 25, 2013

What a blessing Mrs Catherine was to me. She helped me with the church newsletter every other Tuesday. Her strength and faithfulness was amazing. I will always remember her in a very special way.