Evelyn MacDonald, who lived with her daughter, Dianne MacDonald, in Montauk for seven years, died at home on Jan. 22 after a long illness. She was 89.
She and Martin (Mac) MacDonald, who survives, were married following World War II and settled in Thornwood, N.Y. In addition to their daughter, who survives, they had a son, Thomas MacDonald, who died before her.
She was born on April 19, 1924, to Sarah and Thomas Petrone and was raised in Ossining, N.Y. Her daughter said that in addition to life as a wife and mother, she enjoyed her extended family. She also enjoyed boating on Long Island Sound and walking on the beaches of Montauk.
She had worked at a job she loved, her daughter said, at Roger’s Fashion Barn in Westchester for more than 20 years, and would often say that in another life she would like to have been a “fashionista” or a Hollywood gossip columnist. She was grateful for the many caregivers who helped her after suffering a stroke and in her final days, her daughter said.
Mrs. MacDonald is to be buried in a family plot in Kensico Cemetery in Westchester, and a memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
The Montauk Medical Center, 699 Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954, where her physician was Dr. Anthony Knott, has been suggested for memorial donations. The family also suggested contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675, or a charity of one’s choice.