Martha Nell “Marnell” McDonald
Surrounded by her children, Martha Nell “Marnell” McDonald, 80, a lifetime resident of Cashmere, WA, passed away into the arms of her Lord, Tuesday, January 7, 2014, following an extended illness. Marnell was born May 16, 1933, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Wenatchee to the late Ernest “EJ” and Jean (Ewart) Uecker. As a child, Marnell spent a lot of time with family at Lake Wenatchee and enjoyed helping her dad raise Arabian horses and bird dogs. This was the beginning of her love of animals and continued throughout her life. Her home was never without a pet. Marnell attended Cashmere schools and graduated in 1951. A highlight of her senior year was to ride the Aplets & Cotlets float in the Apple Blossom Parade. Upon graduation, she married Robert L. Todd. Together, they had four children. In the beginning, she stayed at home with the children, while assisting part-time at the family business of Uecker Bros. Motors in Cashmere. She later went to work for Cashmere Valley Bank for 12 years. In 1972, she married Larry McDonald, joining two families together with seven children. Marnell then went to work for the Cashmere School District at Vale Elementary as an assistant to the librarian. It was her dream job for 24 years. She read stories to the students and made many memories on the BIG ROUND ORANGE BRAIDED RUG. Upon her retirement, she found pleasure with her family at the Lake Chelan cabin, helping Larry with the orchards and, most of all, attending anything her grandkids were involved in. She, of course, loved being surrounded at home by her numerous kitties and dogs. Marnell was raised with a strong faith in her Lord and Maker. She was a lifetime member of the Cashmere Presbyterian Church and an active choir member for many years.
Marnell is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Larry) Bendtsen of Monitor, and Kim Fenner of Cashmere; son, Rob (Heidi) Todd of Cashmere; step-daughters, Lori (Dennis) Harris, Cindi (Bill) Hansen and step-son, Kevin McDonald, all of Wenatchee; grandchildren, Sandra (Gabriel) Flores, Kyle Fenner, Aaron (Kortney) Todd, and Derek Todd; step-grandchildren, Krista (Scott) McCoy, Lisa (Steve) Bendtsen-Shookman, Michael Harris, Cassie (Andy) Beatley, Sharmi Rix, and Tiffany Stephenson; and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her closest companions: kitties, Sissy and Minous II. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Tom and Jim Uecker; daughter, Ellen; step-daughter, Cheri; her husbands; and nanny, Rosie Blanchett.
Her family wants to give special thanks to caregivers, Lauri and Brian of Healthy Options and private caregivers, Gina, Jared, Sabrina, Tammie and Chelsea.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at the Cashmere Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society or the Cashmere Presbyterian Church. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.