Mary Rose (Newton) Donaldson passed away on October 29, 2014 at her home in Tallahassee, Florida at the age of 90.

Mary was born to William George Newton and Julia Sarah (Saice) Newton on December 29, 1923 in Mahnomen, MN.  She graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1942 and then worked at Northwest Airlines Defense Plant in St. Paul modifying B-24 aircraft during WW II.

She was united in marriage with Leo Armond Donaldson December 9, 1946 in Gary, SD and they lived there for a time. Leo and Mary settled in Fargo after WWII and the Korean War. 

Mary loved volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and served for 33 years.  She was a member of St Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church. After Leo passed away in 2000, Mary moved to Florida in 2004 to live near 2 of her children when she "retired".

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Steven) Munn, Michael (Aliceann) Donaldson, James (Pam) Donaldson, Gary (Jeanine) Donaldson; sisters, Ada Jorgensen, and Marlyce Sather; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and many friends and family who will cherish her memory.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; brothers, Leonard, Vernon, William, Paul, Charles, Ernest, Frank, and Robert Newton; and sisters, Edith Brown and June Abbott.

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  1. Bailey COMary will be missed. I’m so very glad that we stopped by to see her last summer when she was visiting in Fargo. To hear her chuckling laughter and to get a warm hug.

    To Canaan’s land we’re on our way — where the soul never dies. Where all is peace and joy and love and the soul never dies.

    Dear friend, there’ll be no sad farewells. There’ll be no tear-dimmed eye. Where all is peace and joy and love and the soul never dies.

    love always, Jackie

  2. Oronoco Minnesota
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Mary will be greatly missed.
    Sending love and prayers,
    Carol Donaldson, Jim, Bob, Lori and family

  3. Fargo I am sorry to see of Marys passing,what a wond erful lady. I remember all the Saturday night Shock theater movies we would watch eating popcorn.Mary had such a nice smile and personality,im sure you will miss her she loved her family very much.Remember the good times and find peace . Thoughts and prayers Rusty Olson 1637 7th ave. so.

  4. Fargo North Dakota
    Having worked with Mary for many years at the St. Vincent DePaul thrift store and being her neighbor as well, I can remember a wonderful, caring, sharing lady who spent much time in the service of others. I am sure she is now enjoying her reward with God in His Heaven.

  5. fargo, nd Mary was such a kind and generous lady. She had a great sense of humor! so glad I was able to see her this summer. our thoughts and prayers are with the Donaldson family

  6. San Manuel AZ
    Aunt Mary was such a wonderful person and we were privileged to know her. She led an amazing life, touched many lives and was loved by many. We mourn her passing with you and look forward to celebrating her life with the Donaldson families.
    Robert and Sharon Newton

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