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Mary Jo McDonald

May 3, 1930 – July 27, 2022

Mary Jo McDonald left this earth peacefully on Wednesday evening, July 27, 2022 to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by her worshiping family. She was immediately greeted at Heaven’s Gate by her devoted husband, Reuben, of almost 67 years, who had only waited for her for four short months. Oh, what a joyful reunion that was!

Mary Jo was born on May 3, 1930 in Cooper, Texas. She was the youngest of four daughters born to Florence and John T. Boyd, who valued God, hard work, education, and ministry. Like her sisters, Mary Jo was a fast learner and an exceptional student, graduating from Cooper High School and then East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas (now Texas A&M University – Commerce) in three years each, both with the highest academic honors Designation During her time at ETSTC, Mary Jo was also unrivaled in her extracurricular activities, having been elected President of Kappa Delta Pi, Secretary of Alpha Chi, and a member of Sigma Tau Delta, to name a few.

With her English and Sociology degrees in hand, Mary Jo began her 44-year educational career in the fall of 1950 as an English teacher and softball coach at Rosebud High School in Rosebud, Texas. There she met Reuben (“Mac”), a handsome Aggie and young USDA ground protector who worked in nearby Cameron, and they were married in their hometown on June 30, 1955. After earning her master’s degree in library science and following her husband’s career in public service, Mary transitioned from the classroom to the library with stints at Southwest Texas State College (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas, as a departmental librarian. then to New Braunfels High School in New Braunfels, Texas, as Head Librarian; and finally to Liberty High School in Liberty, Texas, again as Head Librarian, where she happily retired in May 1994.

Mary Jo and Mac both had lifelong beliefs in God and were active members of the various Methodist churches in the towns where they lived. They embraced the Methodist promise of time, talents, gifts, and service and passed those values ​​on to their four children, Jon, Carol, Monika, and Doris. Their marriage was a beautiful partnership as each took a hands-on role in their children’s development and activities, which ranged from Sunday school, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, singing and piano lessons to tennis and swimming lessons and statewide swim meets while making love to God and learning come first. They exposed their children to all kinds of experiences and cultures, traveling the United States, Mexico and even Europe with them. Each child is grateful for the individual blessings Mary Jo and Mac have given them, including but not limited to the opportunities of a college education and unconditional love.

With the heart of a true servant, Mary Jo participated with enthusiasm and leadership in all that was asked of her to do in the Church. She enjoyed her fellowship with United Methodist Women and served as church librarian. She was very proud to have helped establish a church in South Liberty and to have gone on a missionary trip to El Salvador. Her community service is too long to list fully, but it includes Hunger Busters, a program in Liberty that fed low-income children, the Angel Tree program, which provided gifts for children whose parents were incarcerated, and the Democratic Party from Texas who works as a poll worker. Mary Jo has always been a master of reading, a lover of all books and a member of several book clubs. A great belief that knowledge can open doors, Mary Jo sold World Books and Childcraft throughout the Liberty County community. Even when her adult children asked her a question, her first response was often, “Have you checked your world books?”

Mary Jo shared her love of antiques, gardening, Texas A&M University and traveling with Mac, and their life together was fulfilling and enriching. She enjoyed tutoring, line dancing and bargain shopping. It was never too early or too late to enjoy a good cup of coffee while visiting friends! She was ready to serve for the next adventure or opportunity. Mary Jo and Mac also treasured the time they spent with their family, their most precious treasures.

Mary Jo was predeceased by her parents, her 66-year-old husband, Reuben B. “Mac” McDonald, Jr.; and each sister, Doris, Helen and husband Milton Rethke and Tommy and husband Tom Awbrey. She was loved by her two sisters-in-law, Margree Steiner and Mackie McDonald, who also predeceased her.

Honoring her memory are her children Jon McDonald and his wife Debra of Lake Jackson, Carol Jones of Bryan, Monika McDonald of The Woodlands, and Doris Light and her husband Tim of Bryan. Other survivors include grandchildren: Jessica Dent and husband Ryan of Angleton, Texas; Jason McDonald and wife Connie of Lewistown, Montana; Krista Donatoni and husband Matthew of Long Beach, California; Timothy Light and wife Virginia of New York, New York; and Taylor Light of Houston, Texas. They also survive five great-grandchildren: Hannah, Tucker, Kaden, Lucy, and Faye. Mary Jo was so loved and admired by her nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers. The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the loving staff at the Crestview Retirement Community who treated their mother as their own.

Private funeral services for Mary Jo will be conducted by Rev. Rick Sitton on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Prairie Hill Cemetery in Prairie Hill, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, although she loved them dearly, donations can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803; Liberty ISD Education Foundation at 1517 Trinity Street, Liberty, TX 77575; or Alzheimer’s Association at

“Lord, make me a blessing for someone today!” — Jan Karon, “Home in Mitford”

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Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle on August 2, 2022.

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