It is with great sadness that the family of Wilma Raye MacDonald, age 84, announce her passing peacefully on March 30, 2021 at 10:27 pm. She was born on December 27, 1936 in Cumberland, MD to Wilma Irene Phares and Charles P. Phares who preceded her in death in 1998 and 1964 respectfully. She was also preceded in death by her Aunt Eva, who was a very special person in her life. She married Graham Campbell MacDonald on December 19, 1975 and he preceded her in death on October 20, 2001.
Wilma was the matriarch of the family and was there for everyone. She is survived by her children Jeanne Marie Swart and James Michael Swart and his wife, Yvette. She is survived by Jeanne’s children Kristina Raye Baker and children Kirralee and Logan; and Jessika Marie Swart and her daughter Myla. She is survived by Jimmy’s children Kaylend Botkin and her husband Chris and children Charlotte, Oliver, and Grant; Kerri Jackson and her husband John and children Makenzie and Madelyn; KC Barrett and his wife Toni and daughter Arabella; Justin Swart and his wife Annika and children Keirstin, Jace, Nora, Everett, and Claire; Kasie Barrett; and Kortnie Barrett and her husband Carl McDaniel and children Paicyn and Troian. She is also survived by her cousin’s wife Myra “Jackie” Goodrich, Mark Goodrich and his wife, Patti Goodrich and her husband, and a few other cousins.
She has remained very close to her husband’s family and greatly enjoyed talking to them over the phone and visiting in person. Marjorie, Ed, Nancy, Jimmy, Patty, and Jennifer, to name a few, have been wonderful to her over the years and were loved by her dearly. She was always showing their family pictures to the rest of the family as she really enjoyed receiving the family photos.
Wilma moved to Washington, DC where she met Jeanne DeMent, Gaye and Mike Monaghan, and many other friends that she remained close with her entire life. Wilma worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD for about 33 years. She became very close friends with Doug, Bonnie, Pat, Ethel, and many others. She worked for Long & Foster Kent Island for about 18 years and became very close friends with Bill, Lynn, and many others. Wilma also volunteered for the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary in Edgewater, MD until 1986, and Stevensville, MD until 2001. She always volunteered to help with the Annual Christmas Party. She had a lot of wonderful friends that she and her husband met through the American Legion.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. We will make every effort to spread the word as details are finalized.
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