Mary Elleda Macdonald
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday from 1:30 -2:30 pm.
MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley, ON

Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, ON
In Memory of
Mary Elleda Macdonald
May 17th, 1919 - January 25th, 2019

Place of Death

Christie Gardens, Toronto


Mary Elleda Macdonald of Christie Gardens, Cedarvale Park Neighbourhood, Toronto, died January 25th, 2019 in Toronto, aged 99. Born in Huron Township on May 17, 1919, she was the daughter of Adam and Margaret Ann (Cameron) MacDonald. She is survived by 7 nieces and nephews: Robert (Lillian Johnson) Cottrill, Kincardine; Margaret (Jon Wolfson) Cottrill, East Lansing, Michigan; Val (Jane Hietveld) Cottrill, Waterloo; John (Susan Sutaroska) MacLennan, Scarborough; Murray (Rosemary Kelleher- MacLennan) MacLennan, Campbellford; Joan (Don Hunter) MacLennan, Etobicoke, and Jane (Andrew Davies) Cottrill, Toronto; and great nieces and nephews: Adam (Anji Lewis) Cottrill. Tara; Matthew (Kathy Brooks) Cottrill, Kincardine; Sarah (Josh McSweeney) Hunter; Andrea (Andreas Link) Hunter, Hamilton; Katie (Phil Hagel) Hunter, Toronto; Mary MacLennan and Michael MacLennan, both of Toronto; Amy Jo ( MacLennan) Doherty Campbellford; James (Shelly Marsh) Cottrill, Acton, Martha (Bryan Fedorak) Cottrill; Anna (Scott Allan) Wolfson and Rachael Wolfson, both of Boston; and several great great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, her sisters and brothers-in-laws, Marjorie (Jim Cottrill) of Kincardine, Lyla (Grant MacLennan) of Listowel and nieces Mary-Anne MacLennan, and Emily Cottrill. Mary graduated from normal school in Stratford in 1937 and taught in several one-room schools, as well as in Kincardine, prior to taking a teaching job in the Borough of York in 1945 at Humewood. Mary received her BA in 1963 and master of education in 1969 from the University of Toronto. Mary was Vice Principal at Charles E Webster school from 1961 until moving to the F.H. Miller school as Principal in 1966. In 1972, Mary moved to the D.B. Hood school and remained there until her retirement in 1978. Her colleagues recognized her leadership abilities, and noted that her talent for music and love of reading contributed to the development of many exceptional school programs. Following retirement, Mary was active in the International Reading Association as its Ontario Co-Ordinator. Contribution to community was important to Mary. She was actively involved in the United Church of Canada and served as an elder of the Bloor Street United Church in Toronto. Mary travelled extensively in North and South America, Europe and Scandinavia. A scholarship, administered by University Women’s Club, where Mary was an active member, has been established to ensure that her memory will live on in another young woman. The funeral will be held at the MacKenzie and McCreath Funeral Home in Ripley on Wednesday, January 30, 2019; visitation at 1:30, service at 2:30 p.m. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, Christie Gardens, and Bloor Street United Church, or the charity of your choice. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Christie Gardens for the wonderful care over the last number of years.


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  Alzheimer Society of Grey Bruce

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Message from Ann (Dane )Nordhagen2019-02-05 15:15:04

To the Family of Mary Macdonald.

Our condolences on the passsing of your Aunt Mary. She certainly was a special lady.

My Mom(Kay Dane) often talked about Mary Lyla and the other ladies who attended "Normal School" aka Teachers college. Their friendship was deep and longlasting. Whenever Mom had a chance to go back East she always managed a visit with all of them. The stories they told and laughs they shared were priceless. They could just pick up their visit as if no time had passed at all ! Such a friendship is a treasure for sure. I am sure those gals are chatting up a storm again. 


Ann Nordhagen and the Dane Family 

Hythe Alberta

Message from Jack & Linda2019-01-30 08:20:08

My Mother Marjorie Reid was a good friend of Mary`s through the years they discussed a lot of books .I at one time felt a knew most of the nieces & nephews as Mary liked to relay all your accompishments of which we were interested in also. Mary & I shared the same clothes size so I wore hers & she mine at times.

Memories of love & friendship are treasures to carry with you always.

Message from Margaret Cottrill2019-01-28 15:00:32

Aunt Mary demonstrated her love to all of us over and over again through her generosity and kindness. She was so loved in return.


Message from Don Hunter2019-01-26 15:02:31

We called her The Great Aunt Mary for a number of reasons other than her being a great aunt to our children. I remember her generosity, her volunteer work. She was a role model for independent women and the below link describes the scholarships that will sustain her memory

Don Hunter

Message from Gail and Brian Johnson2019-01-26 12:30:45

Robert and Lil

Our deepest condolences in the loss of Robert's Aunt Mary. She always reminded me so much of Robert's Mom. May all your treasured memories bring you comfort in the coming days. 

Sincerely Gail and Brian

Message from Wayne and Joan Hartwick2019-01-26 09:43:13

Our sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved aunt.

Treasure the memories you have shared through the years, hold them close to your hearts.


Joan and Wayne