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Mary Lydia Powers McDonald
Birth: Nov. 26, 1915
Charleston
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
Death: May 28, 1959
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA

43 years, 5 months, 2 days

Born to Weldon Augustus (Rizzie) Powers
22 Feb 1895-5 Feb 1967 of South Carolina
and
Mary Ellen Gallagher Powers
13 Oct 1898-24 Apr 1972 of South Carolina

The marriage would dissolve soon after Mary's birth and her mother would marry Walter Hauk and have a daughter Florence in 1918. The family moved to San Diego California where another daughter was born, Gladys in 1922.

Mary Lydia graduated from Herbert Hoover High School, Class of 1933*. She met and married Spencer Bud Walker and had son Donald Eugene Walker on 3 July 1935. Donald was never well, being born a "blue baby". Bud and Mary would divorce and Mary Lydia would marry Warren Frank Ouellette whom she had gone to high school with, they lived at 4032 Orange Avenue San Diego and had a daughter Mary Louise Ouellette, 1940. By 1942 that marriage was over and in September of 1942 Donald died.

Mary worked during the war years at North Island Naval Air Station as a riveter.

Her mother had met and married Frank Albert English and had a son Michael born 1938, so when Michael was born he was already an uncle to Donald.

Mary Lydia would have 2 more children one a daughter Gladys Irene Bishop 1943 by Joseph Thomas Bishop, not sure if they ever married and John Eugene McDonald 1950 by her husband George C McDonald, they had married in 1949.

So there were 4 children with 4 different last names, Walker, Ouellette, Bishop and McDonald.

Mary and George bought a house in 1951 at 6412 Celia Vista Drive, San Diego, CA. Unfortunely Mary who died of cancer in 1959 was only able to enjoy her home for 8 years. She was so happy though when she moved into the house and was able to buy her first automatic washing machine, a Maytag! No more wringer washers, she still however for the rest of her life hang the wash on the clothes line, never having a dryer.

She had hazel eyes, was 5' 3", and left-handed and she LOVED Pepsi and her son John.

*That is what I always thought until the 1940 Federal Census came out, not so she just went until her junior year.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Mary Ellen Gallagher English (1898 - 1972)
 
 Spouses:
  George Columbus McDonald (1920 - 1967)
  Warren Frank Ouellette (1917 - 2001)*
 
 Children:
  Donald Eugene Walker (1935 - 1942)*
  Gladys Irene Bishop (1943 - 2000)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Lydia Powers McDonald (1915 - 1959)
  Florence Eleanor Hauk Kilgore (1918 - 1996)*
  Gladys Louise Hauk (1922 - 1957)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Niche 52 Sec F
 
Created by: Mary Lou McCormick
Record added: Jul 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73387512
Mary Lydia <i>Powers</i> McDonald
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Mary Lydia <i>Powers</i> McDonald
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Mary Lydia <i>Powers</i> McDonald
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Love you so much Mom, can't believe it has been 55 years today since you had to leave us...I know your pain was so great that it had to be a relief but so hard to leave John behind and Susie and me also! Love you...
- ML
 Added: May. 28, 2014
Happy Mother's Day...wish we had had more of them to share...only 20 that was not nearly enough and a few of those we spent apart...Thanks for all you went through to try and keep us together...Love you Hugs always
- Mary Lou
 Added: May. 11, 2014
it's my 74th birthday Mama, wish you could have enjoyed as many, thanks for my life...Miss you, Hugs
- Mary Lou
 Added: Mar. 18, 2014
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