Frances Jo McDonald was born on Oct. 4, 1924, in Normangee, one of seven children. Her parents were Isaac “Dee” and Beula Rebecca (Ply) Carter. Affectionately known as “Jo,” she was raised in Normangee and graduated from Normangee High School. Following high school, she received a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston Teacher’s College and taught for Houston ISD for approximately 39 years. Most of that time was spent teaching Kindergarten. This was probably as a result of her deep love for children. Jo married Wilson McDonald, and together they had three sons, James, Charles and Louis. Jo had lived most of her life in Houston, having moved there in 1953, and was a faithful member of the West Houston Church of Christ.
If ever anyone had a green thumb, it had to be Jo! She loved gardening and sharing her lovely flowers with friends and family alike. Jo also enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was well known for her famous German chocolate cakes, fried chicken and fruitcake cookies. When her boys were younger, Jo sewed most of their shirts. She also loved shopping and sharing her treasures with others.
Jo passed away on Jan. 2, 2018, in Cypress, at 93 years of age. She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband, Wilson McDonald; a son, James McDonald; sisters, Ellene Carter, Osie Lee (Carter) Gustavus, Pollie (Carter) Malone, Beula Dee (Carter) George, Johnnye (Carter) Devereaux and brother, Isaac Carter. Surviving family members include sons, Charles McDonald and wife, Linda, of Kingwood, and Louis McDonald and wife, Paula, of Houston; grandchildren, Amanda Joy Winton, Evan Douglas McDonald, Mike McDonald, Kevin McDonald, Rob McDonald, Aaron Jacobs and Ashley Fraser; and great-grandchildren, Sydney, Jordan and Eli Winton and Owen and Nora McDonald.
Funeral services for Frances McDonald were held Saturday, Jan. 6, at Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville. Lanier Stevens officiated the service. Interment followed in Hopewell Cemetery outside of Normangee.
Pallbearers were Mike McDonald, Rob McDonald, Aaron Jacobs, Cole Fraser, Jeremy Winton and Evan McDonald.
Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville is in charge of all arrangements. www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.