|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1901, Scotland|
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 2007|
When Ann Dalling McDonald was born, William McKinley was president of the United States. There were 18 other presidents in the White House during her lifetime.
Mrs. McDonald's family credited her longevity to drinking several cups of tea a day and limiting chocolates to three pieces daily. She died July 29 at the Lodge Care Center, Loveland. She was 106.
"She was very quick witted, highly religious and a sweet individual who loved her heritage and her faith" grandson John McDonald of Mount Washington said.
Always proper, she wore a stylish dress and accompanying hat every day. Her family said she loved hymns and bagpipe music, was sharp of mind, never lost her brogue accent and never had the desire to learn to drive a car.
Born July 27, 1901 in Glasgow, Scotland, to George and Mary Dalling, the family moved to Edinburgh when she was 3. She grew up the second-born of four siblings.
During World War I, she was introduced at a family picnic to a guest, John David McDonald, a British soldier on leave from fighting in France. They continued to correspond and after the armistice in 1918, they were reunited shortly before he departed for the United States in 1920 to establish himself in business. In 1922, Mrs. McDonald, who was 21 at the time, traveled overseas and was met at the docks in New York by friends Dave and Kay Marchel of Norwood. Later that year, the McDonalds were married.
In 1924, she delivered her first-born, Evelyn Mary, and three years later her second child, David Ian McDonald. Disappointed that opportunities were few in America, she and her two children returned to Scotland in 1929. While renting a cottage in Collington, the place she had met her husband initially, her son, David, contracted polio.
Her husband came to Scotland to help her, but when he was ready to return to the U.S., both Mrs. McDonald and her daughter, Evelyn, had been stricken by diphtheria, an acute bacterial disease. The daughter would die before her father could return to Scotland. The family returned to Cincinnati later that year.Mrs. McDonald, who became a U.S. citizen in 1934, was a housewife who enjoying sewing and cooking. But after she was widowed in her late 40s, she moved to Seattle, to take care of her widowed father. Realizing she didn't have skills to support herself, at age 52 she started nurse's training at Swedish Hospital there.
When her father died, she moved back to Cincinnati and worked as a nurse at the former Bethesda Oak Hospital in the nursery. She left the hospital at age 65 but continued working as a private-duty nurse until age 75.
Mrs. McDonald attended Quest Community Church in Mason, where members of the congregation would transport her to services weekly. On her 105th birthday, the congregation brought a bagpipe player to Sunday service - and much to the delight of Mrs. McDonald, he played "The Flower of Scotland" (Scotland's National Anthem), and "Happy Birthday."
Besides her grandson, survivors include her son, David of Amelia, another grandson, Robert McDonald of Atlanta; a granddaughter, Catherine Lombard, of Providence, R.I.; and four great-grandchildren.
Services have been held. Burial was at Spring Grove Cemetery.
Spring Grove Cemetery
Created by: Kathy
Record added: Aug 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20794499
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