Mrs. Tony M'Donald Dies at Family Home here on Monday Night of Pneumonia
March 23, 1931
She and Husband, Both Stricken with Malady at Same Time Two Weeks Ago--He is Too Critically Ill To Be Told of Wife's Passing
Death came to the relief of Mrs. Tony McDonald at 3:50 o'clock last (Monday) evening, March 23rd, at the family home, 310 North College street, after two weeks' critical illness of pneumonia. She and her husband, Tony McDonald, a successful and widely known McKinney business man, took down with the same disease at the same time. He remains in such a critical condition that the news of his wife's passing is being withheld from him. However, he is delirious most of the time, rendering the affliction of this worthy couple all the more heart-rending and pathetic. Out-of-town relatives, assisted by neighbors and friends are doing everything possible that medical skill and trained nurses can do for his relief.
No Funeral announcement
No definite funeral arrangements have yet been formulated pending the arrival of a sister of the deceased, Mrs. J. F. Othman, of St. Louis, who phoned that she would arrive in McKinney Wednesday morning. Another sister, Mrs. J. A. Smith, of Henryetta, Okla. and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Dougan Work, and daughter Miss Isabel, both of Durant, besides McKinney and Collin county relatives have been at the stricken home during the past few days, doing what they could for their loved ones. the husband's very critical illness also will have a bearing on the decision of the family in setting the exact time and place of the funeral of Mrs. McDonald.
Born in Missouri
Miss Mollie Work was born in Carrollton, Mo., and when only 12 years old, came to Texas with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Work, who are both buried in Pecan Grove cemetery here at McKinney. The family first lived at Trinity Mills in Denton county for two years, following their arrival in this state. Then they settled near Lebanon, about thirteen or fourteen miles southwest of McKinney, where the deceased was reared. She prepared herself for the profession of teaching, and taught school for several years at Wilmeth, Trinity and Bloomdale.
Married Jan. 15, 1896
She was married January 15 at Lebanon to Tony McDonald, Elder C. Horn officiating. The couple first lived on the McDonald farm homestead about four miles northwest of McKinney, for eight or ten years and then moved to McKinney, where they have since resided and where the deceased made a place in the hearts of many by her unselfish life of service for others through her church, through the Red Cross, Eastern Star, Daughters of the Confederacy and quiet but extensive interest and practical assistance to the poor and needy of the city. She joined the Christian church when she was 14 years old, being baptized by the late Eld. A. M. Douglas of Melissa. She was past worthy matron of the Eastern Star, past president of the local chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, and had worked more or less in Red Cross activities.
Besides her critically ill husband the deceased is survived by three sisters as follows:
Mrs. Mal B. Pugh of Henryetta, Oklahoma. Mrs. J. F. Othman, of St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. J. A. Smith of Henryetta, Oklahoma.
Her deceased sisters and brothers are Mrs. Brooks Goodall, who died at Seattle, Washington in 1918; Mrs. J. W. Orenduff, who died five years ago at Henryetta, Oklahoma; Dougan Work, former merchant at Lebanon, Texas, who died at Durant, Oklahoma, April 17, 1918 and is buried at McKinney; John H. Work, who died at Henryetta, Oklahoma, July 24, 1928 and is buried at Durant, Oklahoma.
Out-of-Town Relatives here.
Out-of-town relatives here are Mrs. J. A. Smith of Henryetta, Oklahoma; Mrs. Dougan Work and daughter, Miss Isabel of Durant, Oklahoma; Mrs. John H. Work and two sons, John and Robbie of Durant, Oklahoma; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dale and son, Carl, of Greenville, Texas; W. T. McDonald of Forrestburg, Montague county, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Benton.
After 35 Years Happy Wedded Life M'Kinney Couple's Double Funeral Service Conducted by Minister who Married Them
March 27, 1931
Tony McDonald Successful Business Man and Wife Both Succumb to Pneumonia Four Days Apart - Stricken at Same time - He died in Ignorance of Wife's Previous Passing as Family and Physician Deemed it Unwise to Break Distressing News to Him in His Already Waning Chances to Survive.
Two new-made mounds in Pecan Grove cemetery, side by side, mark the final earthly resting place of Mr. and Mrs. Tony McDonald, who were buried there Sunday afternoon, following impressive double funeral services conducted by Rev. C. S. Weaver and Eld. R. C. Horn at the First Christian church.
This McKinney business man and his beloved helpmeet [sic], who had walked marital unity side by side down life's pathway for the past thirty-five years, were both called from the shores of time the past week, pneumonia causing their deaths.
Both became ill with pneumonia at about the same time. Mrs. McDonald breathing her last late Monday evening march 23 and Mr. McDonald lingering on four days longer until 1:18 o'clock Saturday morning. He had not been advised of his wife's demise because of her extremely critical condition, and the fear of its effects upon his waning chances. Her body was held until brooding death came as a relief to her husband's suffering.
Also Married Them
Touching expressions of the tribute came from both the pastor of the First Christian church, Rev. Mr. Weaver, and from Eld. R. C. Horn, veteran Christian minister, who united them in marriage on January 15, 1896.. The bodied reposed before them in the altar, laced in similar caskets around which was banked a mass of floral offerings-expressions of sorrow and sympathy from relatives and friends of the deceased couple.
Thus past from life to their final earthly resting place in Pecan Grove cemetery a widely known and esteemed couple of our city at a double funeral, possibly the first of the kind held in our city, at least for many years.
Mrs. McDonald was noted for her helpful services in church, Eastern Star, Red Cross an Daughter of the Confederacy circles. She had been a member of the Christian church since 14 years of age, having been baptized by the late Eld. A. M. Douglas of Melissa.
Mr. McDonald was one of the city's successful business men. He had acquired a state-wide reputation as a dealer in horses, mules and cattle. During the World war, he received a commission from the government of the United States to buy horses and miles for the American Expeditionary Forces abroad. He had been in the live stock business most all his life. For several years he had also served as Deputy sheriff and deputy county clerk. He was a member of the Masonic lodge.
Mr. and Mrs. McDonald were married January 15, 1896, at Lebanon by Eld. R. C. Horn. Although they had no children of their own, they reared to useful manhood and womanhood several boys and girls, whom they took into their home and tenderly cared for to maturity.
Mrs. McDonald, who was formerly Miss Mollie Work before her marriage, was born in Carrollton, Mo., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. work, who are both buried in Pecan Grove cemetery. She came to Texas when 12 years of age with her parents.
Mr. McDonald was a native of Collin county and had resided in or near McKinney all his life.
Mrs. McDonald is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Mal B. Pugh of Henryetta, Okla; Mrs. J. F. Othman of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. J. H. Smith of Henryetta, Okla. Surviving Mr. McDonald, who was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. J. McDonald, who are buried in the old McLarry cemetery, are his sisters, Mrs. R. J. Roberts and Mrs. Lucy Herndon, both of near McKinney, and a brother, W. T. McDonald of Forrestburg, Montague county. Lou Roberts, McKinney business man, is a nephew of the deceased. Mrs. Gladys McWilliams, who, with her little son, Donald, have resides in the McDonald home, is a niece.
Active pallbearers were Gibson Caldwell, Peyton Westmoreland, Dr. John L. Gossett, W. H. Knott, R. H. Norwood, W. B. Mitchell, Nevil Talkington, Wallace Hughston, W. J. Woods, Chandler Atkinson, A. A. Alexander and J. Brack Watson.
The funeral Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, directed by Isaac Crouch, was one of the most largely attended ever held here. The large auditorium of the First Christian church could not accommodate the sorrowing throng that gathered to pay homage to the memory of this worthy couple whose devoted married life of thirty-five years terminated as they doubtless would have referred it to do in this pathetic, yet beautiful double funeral services and burial.
The First Christian church choir, with Miss Tennie STrickland at the pipe organ sang such old favorite church hymns of the deceased couple, as "Bringing in the Sheaves." "Sweet hour of Prayer" and "Toiling On." Mrs. Joe Largent sang a solo.
Members of the Easter Star, of which Mrs. McDonald was past worthy matron, attended in a body.