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Maydene Ruth McDonald, 90

Maydene Ruth McDonald, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the Cedars of Austin.

Maydene Ruth McDonald, 90

Maydene was born on March 2, 1929, to Albert and Mabel (Fisher) Hopfe in Austin. She graduated from Austin High School in 1947. Maydene was united in marriage to Arthur Bernard McDonald on June 11, 1949, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. They resided in Austin while raising their daughters, Barbara and Susan.  Maydene was a homemaker and also worked part-time in the children’s department at Fantles. She was a former member of First United Methodist Church.

Maydene enjoyed reading, dogs and cats, gardening and knitting. She was a devoted caregiver for several loved ones. She continued to enjoy monthly gatherings with a group of her high school classmates. Despite her physical challenges, Maydene was fortunate to travel with her daughter, Susan, and son-in-law, Mark, on cruises to Alaska and Hawaii as well as a trip to Washington, D.C.

Maydene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur, in 1986; daughter, Barbara Elias, in 1990; brother, Orval Hopfe; and sister, Beth Slocum Meyer. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Mark) Gould of Watertown, Minnesota; grandchildren, Katharine (Steve) Craft of Rochester, Minnesota, and Andrew (Shelley) Thurk of Rogers, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Lily Wichser of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and Luke Thurk and Hailey Thurk of Rogers; niece, Sharon Guinta of Austin; cousin, Lois Freeman Requa of Austin; and her cat, Sophie.

Private family services have been held with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Arrangements by Clasen-Jordan Mortuary. Memorials are preferred to the Mower County Humane Society.